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Most fans will remember Molly Ringwald more for giving a pair of panties to Anthony Michael Hall in "Sixteen Candles" or uniquely applying lipstick in "The Breakfast Club." Those audiences are the ones who have seen her coming-of-age, John Hughes flicks more times than they can count.

These days, however, it's stage audiences she's wowing in the national tour of the Broadway musical "Sweet Charity."

Starting Tuesday, "Sweet Charity" featuring Ms. Ringwald will raise the curtain at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville. It's a new role for Ms. Ringwald, not in being on stage, but traveling the country bringing a stage show to the masses.

"I had never done a tour before this, so it's all kind of new to me," Ms. Ringwald said in a phone interview from Atlanta, the show's previous stop. "It's a lot more exhausting, but it's fun to go to so many different places and everyone being so welcoming."

Since the national tour started last year, Ms. Ringwald has played the lead role of Charity Hope Valentine. She is an optimistic, na´ve young taxi dancer who is looking for love in all the wrong places. But it's possible she will find Mr. Right in Oscar.

The role was previously played by Christina Applegate during the Broadway run; Ms. Ringwald was offered it for the national tour. The choice to take it, she said, was relatively easy, even if the workload was going to be arduous.

"The character is just so iconic, and I think it's one that every actress wants to play," she said.

Shirley MacLaine made the role famous in the original movie version of the Neil Simon play in 1969. It was one Ms. Ringwald said she saw several years later, when she was 10, and it always stuck with her.

It was the 1980s Brat Pack films by John Hughes that made Molly Ringwald a household name, but before her rise to stardom, she was a fixture on stage. That passion passed a bit when the silver screen called, and it was only recently that she found her way back. She spent several years in France, then decided to return to the States and New York to revive her acting career.

"I had a great time in France, but I missed America and I missed my friends, and I always felt limited in any movie roles I might do there," Ms. Ringwald said.

She will stay in the Charity Hope Valentine role into June, and "Sweet Charity" will continue to tour through August. Once her contract with the play is up, she plans to take some time off with her 3-year-old daughter, who will start preschool in the fall.

"Sweet Charity" will be performed at the Peace Center Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are still available at $45, $55 and $65 each. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call the Peace Center box office at (864) 467-3000

Source: Anderson Independent Mail

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