Karen Carpenter Legacy Celebrated in Touring Show

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Singer Michelle Berting Brett

Singer Michelle Berting Brett

Update (October 15): We’ve updated the tour dates including the holiday schedule below.

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“We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered,” a celebration of the ’70s brother-and-sister duo of Richard and Karen Carpenter, will set down in several U.S. cities through August, to be followed by a Carpenters Christmas celebration in 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 already 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 that has played in Las Vegas and other cities. Tickets are available here.

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

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

November 2-6 Don’s Celebrity Theater, Laughlin, NV
December 10 Clayton Theater, Clayton, NC
February 10, 2017 State Theatre, Easton, PA
February 18, 2017 Smokey Mountain Center for the Perf. Arts, Franklin, NC
March 2, 2017 Arizona MusicFest, Scottsdale, AZ
March 31, 2017 Slippery Rock Univ., Slippery Rock, PA

Order the Carpenters Christmas Collection by clicking the image

Order the Carpenters Christmas Collection by clicking the image

The special holiday version, “Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas,” is based around the Carpenters’ Christmas albums and tours.

“Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas” Tour Dates:

November 17 Zwermann Arts Center Theater, Lincoln Trail College, Robinson, IL
December 2 Larcom Theatre, Beverly, MA
December 3 Norwood Theatre, Norwood, MA
December 4 Cedar Crest HS, Lebanon, PA
December 8 Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, Evans, GA
December 11 Wolf Den – Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT
December 15 Stephens Performing Arts Center Pocatello, ID
December 17 The Theater at North Scranton, PA
December 23 McAllen Convention Center Auditorium McAllen, TX

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