Karen Carpenter Legacy Celebrated in Touring Show

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Michelle Berting Brett with 7-piece backing band led by musical director Harry Sharpe

We’re willing to bet we’re not the only classic rock fans with a soft spot for the Carpenters.

“We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered,” a celebration of the ’70s brother-and-sister duo of Richard and Karen Carpenter, will play in several U.S. cities this fall, to be followed by a Carpenters Christmas celebration in November and December.

“We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” features singer Michelle Berting Brett, accompanied by a live, seven-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe. The show, according to a press release, “re-creates the Carpenters’ original sound, presenting an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the most successful recording acts of all time.”

Karen Carpenter died in 1983. During their brief career, the Carpenters enjoyed tremendous success with 11 Top 5 singles including the #1 pop hits “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Top of the World” and “Please Mr. Postman.” (Their signature song, “We’ve Only Just Begun,” peaked at #2.) They’ve sold a combined 100 million albums and singles.

“We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” has played all over the U.S. in theaters and showrooms. According to the release, “It grew out of an idea Berting Brett, a farm girl from a musical family in Saskatchewan, conceived after being told repeatedly that she sounded like Karen Carpenter.” She and her now-husband, producer Mark Brett, created a one-woman show in 2009 based around the Carpenters’ music. The show played a small club in Toronto with Berting Brett accompanied only by a pianist.” It has since evolved into a touring production.

Related: “We’ve Only Just Begun” was one of the top hits of 1970

Here are The Carpenters singing “We’ve Only Just Begun.” What a voice!

“We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” Tour Dates

Sep 16 – Cerritos, CA – Cerritos Center for the Perf. Arts
Nov 18 – Bartlett, TN – Barlett PAC
Nov 30 – Cheshire, CT – Nelson Hall at Elim Park

“Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters Christmas” Tour Dates

Nov 16 – Robinson, IL – Zwermann Arts Center Theater
Nov 22-26 – Laughlin, NV – Don’s Celebrity Theater
Dec 03 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
Dec 05 – Westchester, NY – Westchester Broadway Theatre
Dec 8-9 – Bow, WA – Skagit Casino
Dec 12 – Butte, MT – Mother Lode theatre
Dec 14 – Easton, PA – State Theatre
Dec 16 – Newnan, GA – Donald W. Nixon Centre

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