Long ago and oh so far away . . . the world fell in love with the Carpenters and their era-defining repertoire of songs.
We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered is a celebration of the music of one of the most successful recording acts of all time, interwoven with the story of an ambitious and talented brother and his enigmatic sister with the golden voice.
Karen and Richard sold over 100 million records in just over a decade and still hold the record for the most top ten singles in a row. The combination of Karen’s voice and Richard’s compositions and arrangements created Grammy-winning magic.
While working as Music Director for Donna Summer, Harry Sharpe worked with Richard Carpenter in concert at the Hollywood Bowl. (June, 2010)
Starring Michelle Berting Brett with Music Director Harry Sharpe, leading a live 7-piece band of versatile Nashville musicians (who have worked with the likes of Donna Summer, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, Alison Krauss, The Monkees, Bobby Caldwell, Tom Jones, Gloria Estefan, & Michael McDonald, to name a few), We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered, re-creates their original sound. In addition Michelle shares stories culled from extensive research and interviews with those who knew Karen and Richard personally and professionally – a real “behind the scenes” of this pop music phenomenon.
(This show does not purport to be endorsed by Richard Carpenter or the estate of Karen Carpenter, nor by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols, lyricist and composer of the song “We’ve Only Just Begun”.)
The Show is available in a two-act or 90 minute format and features pop music classics that include:
For All We Know, Goodbye to Love, Hurting Each Other, I Need to Be in Love, Please Mr. Postman, Rainy Days and Mondays, Superstar, There’s a Kind of Hush, (They Long to Be) Close to You, Top of the World, We’ve Only Just Begun, Yesterday Once More, and many more!
“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
“Michelle Berting Brett performed her heart out on not just one, but two very special shows here. It wasn’t just the tunes, it was the vibe, the stories, and the memories all being shared. It’s a downright special event for anyone who has loved the Carpenters. This show could play, and win, just about anywhere.”
– Pat Ryan, Entertainment Director, Bridge Street Live
“What an AMAZING show!!! Michelle Berting Brett and her top notch band recreate the spirit and essence of the Carpenters and provide an evening that brings back memory after memory . . .”
– Deana J. Whistler, Entertainment Director, WinnaVegas Casino Resort
“A fabulous, entertaining, informative, and fun show. I loved it! Thanks for an awesome evening!”
– John Dimon, CEO, Diamond Entertainment