We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered is a magical celebration of the legacy of one of the most successful recording acts of all time. Starring accomplished vocalist Michelle Berting Brett who is accompanied by a 7-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe, the show authentically re-creates the Carpenters’ original arrangements.
We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered began as a cabaret show in Toronto, Canada in 2009 and has been touring the U.S. since Valentine’s weekend of 2013. The show has played 26 states and counting, connecting to Carpenters’ fans of all ages in Performing Arts Centers and Casino show rooms across the country. From Washington State to New York City to sold out engagements in Las Vegas and Downey, California, the hometown of the Carpenters, We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered and the Holiday show, Merry Christmas Darling Carpenters’ Christmas have been met with enthusiasm from Carpenters’ fans and reviewers alike.
"This is an exceptionally well-produced show that does justice to an act whose music has proved to be timeless." ~ Paul Grein, Tolucan Times
"Michelle Berting Brett is a richly gifted vocalist whose heartfelt tribute to Karen Carpenter is simply not to be missed." ~ Christopher Loudon, Vocal Critic, JazzTimes Magazine
Experience an intimate, nostalgic, behind-the-scenes portrait of the pop music phenomenon that defined an era, and sing along to their many hits including “Close to You”, “Yesterday Once More”, “Rainy Days & Mondays”, as well as their most beloved album cuts.
Thursday - April 25, 2019 at The Downey Theatre (Part of the Carpenters Legacy Tour - Part One)
Friday - April 26, 2019 at The Palm Garden Hotel (Part of the Carpenters Legacy Tour - Part Two)
Carpenters Tribute Concert, starring Sally Olson, celebrates the music and cherished legacy of the famed brother-sister duo and features beloved hits including “We’ve Only Just Begun”, “(They Long To Be) Close To You”, “Rainy Days And Mondays”, “Superstar” and much more.
The show began as a one-woman act in January 2015 in Burlington, Vermont, followed by the debut of a holiday show in 2017 in Canton, Ohio. Carpenters Tribute Concert is unique, due to its high degree of authenticity. Sally and her all-star band have captivated audiences across the country with faithful and spot-on recreations of the Carpenters’ music, playing to audiences in venues from performing arts centers, to cabaret spaces such as the famed Triad Theater in NYC, to packed showrooms in Las Vegas.
Sally has been praised for her startling representation of Karen Carpenter and captures the essence of the late singer right down to her hairstyles, costumes, makeup, gestures and voice. Sally's stunning vocals combined with vintage costumes, historical commentary, lovely arrangements and a live band led by Las Vegas-based musical director Ned Mills, takes audiences on an incredible journey into the world of the Carpenters and offers a glimpse of the woman behind the music.
"Sally's tribute to Karen Carpenter is heartfelt and honest, and the attention to detail in the costumes and hairstyles is admirable." ~ Randy Schmidt, author of LITTLE GIRL BLUE: The Life of Karen Carpenter
"Sally is the epitome of tribute acts. You will find it hard to believe that you are not actually watching and listening to Karen Carpenter performing! Her talent, hard work, and dedication has yielded an uncanny resemblance.” ~ Lane Gibson - producer, engineer and owner of Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering, Charlotte, VT
Saturday - April 27, 2019 at The Palm Garden Hotel
The most important thing Judy Pancoast wants you to know about “All My Best Memories: Built by the Carpenters’ is that it is not the kind of sound-alike, look-alike tribute that has come to be popular. Rather than try to imitate that inimitable voice, Judy has instead crafted a show that is a tribute in the truest sense of the word. Judy intimately shares her early life story, from the time she first heard “(They Long to Be) Close to You” on the radio in the summer of 1970, through today, through anecdotes and song. As the title implies, Judy was, indeed, built by the music of Karen and Richard as she struggled to find her identity as a chubby child from a working class, dysfunctional family. Audiences have laughed and cried during the show and inevitably embrace her warm personality and enthusiasm for her subject.
New York Entertainment writer Kevin Scott Hall said of the show:
Pancoast has a smooth and pleasing tone that is also tailor-made for this material. Even better, her heart has been immersed in the material for decades, so every note and word is felt. Her version of “Superstar” (co-written by the recently departed Leon Russell), the ultimate groupie song, is filled with a trenchant longing that makes it as effective as any version I’ve ever heard."
Please come and enjoy Judy’s story, and then share your own story of being a Carpenters fan in a discussion to follow the show.