Carpenters – Carpenters Legacy
Carpenters Legacy The World’s ONLY Authentic Carpenters Tribute in Sight & Sound
Direct from Las Vegas, Carpenters Legacy: A Re-creation of the 1976 UK Tour is the definitive show celebrating the music and legacy of the famed brother-sister duo. Starring Sally Olson as Karen Carpenter and Ned Mills as Richard Carpenter, the show is a re-creation of the 1976 UK tour, featuring hits including “We’ve Only Just Begun”, “Yesterday Once More”, “Superstar”, Karen’s drum solo, Richard’s classical piano feature, a Spike Jones parody of “Close To You”, comedy antics and much more. The show opens with a zesty tribute to Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.
Randy Schmidt, author of Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter, says “Sally’s tribute to Karen Carpenter is heartfelt and honest” and John Katsilometes of Las Vegas Review-Journal has lauded the show as “musically sound, vocally spot-on, and will please any fans of the duo.” Sam Novak of Vegas 411 says, “Sally Olson and Ned Mills perfectly embody Karen and Richard Carpenter. Carpenters Legacy is nothing short of astounding.” Sally is truly unsurpassed in her startling representation of Karen Carpenter, including authentic hairstyles, vintage costumes, gestures, and stunning voice.
Carpenters Legacy maintains a Las Vegas residency at The Modern Showroom at Alexis Park Resort Hotel. The show was voted “Best Impersonator” (Bronze Winner) for the 2021 Best of Las Vegas awards and was also voted “Best Impersonator” (Silver Winner) and “Best Tribute Show” (Bronze Winner) for the 2022 Best of Las Vegas awards. Carpenters Legacy has played to performing arts centers, cabarets spaces including the famed Triad Theater in NYC, and SOLD OUT showrooms in Las Vegas and all over the country. Carpenters Legacy was featured at the Carpenters 50th Anniversary Celebration in Thousand Oaks, CA in April 2019. Olson is the first-ever and only Karen Carpenter tribute artist to perform with the world-renowned Las Vegas based revue Legends In Concert. Carpenters Legacy: A Re-creation of the 1976 UK Tour features a powerful live band, historical commentary, lovely arrangements and video, taking audiences on an incredible journey down memory lane into the world of the Carpenters – the world’s ONLY authentic Carpenters tribute in sight and sound.
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“Sally Olson and Ned Mills PERFECTLY EMBODY Karen and Richard Carpenter, backed by a superlative live band. ‘Carpenters Legacy’ is nothing short of astounding.” – Sam Novak, Vegas 411
“…musically sound, VOCALLY SPOT-ON, and will please any fans of the duo.” – John Kastilometes, Las Vegas Review-Journal
“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 REMARKABLE. Her interpretation of Karen Carpenter in not only SPOT-ON, it is delightfully entertaining.” – Dave Halston, Tribute Masters
“Sally takes us on a carefully crafted JOURNEY back to a time when MELODY, HARMONY, and well conceived composition ruled the music scene. Sally has captured the ESSENCE and BEAUTY of that era in her show in a way that one rarely sees today. A thoroughly enjoyable evening of song.” – Dan Levine, Broadway composer, arranger and owner of Such-A-Voice
“The Carpenters Tribute Concert was the first tribute show to ever SELL OUT our venue. Ned and Sally were VERY PROFESSIONAL, and the show was great. Many tribute shows just aim to cover the songs, but Ned and Sally really focus on the performance aspect as well. We can’t wait to have them back!” – Ryan Higgs, Programming Coordinator, Waco Hippodrome Theatre in Waco, Texas
“The Carpenters Tribute Concert SOLD OUT 435 seats in the Grapevine Palace Theatre! They put on a great show with lots of audience engagement. Guests exited the show with smiles on their faces! Great cast to work with. Very easy and polite! I would for sure have this show back.” – Nadine L. Rodriguez, Event Coordinator, Palace Theatre in Grapevine, Texas
“Sally Olson and Ned Mills’ portrayal of Karen and Richard Carpenter is UNCANNY. Their performance surpassed our expectations in presentation and attendance and their storytelling brought new insights into the lives of the talented brother and sister duo. Sally’s NATURAL ABILITY to capture Karen’s unique voice, appearance, and demeanor are matched only by Ned’s skillful piano PROWESS. Their professional contributions behind the scenes made the show easy to promote and helped to drive ticket sales.” – Gary McKechnie, Mount Dora Productions in Mount Dora, Florida
“Dear Ned, I have enjoyed working with you on various projects in Las Vegas for the past 19 years. When I booked Carpenters Tribute Concert to perform at Sun City Anthem Freedom Hall Theatre and at the Starbright Theatre in Las Vegas this year, both shows sold out quickly. Your show at the Starbright Theatre OUTSOLD any of the other shows I produced at that venue. I was impressed with the ENTHUSIASM and PROFESSIONALISM of your cast. I received many compliments from the audience of the performance, especially Sally’s BEAUTIFUL VOICE, which was spot-on as a perfect tribute to Karen Carpenter. Congratulations on a job well done. I’m looking forward to working with you again in the future.” – Larry Ladd, Las Vegas Destination Management
“A UNIQUE and very fine concert.” – Vermont Public Radio
“We begin selling tickets 6 weeks prior to a show, and your Carpenters Tribute SOLD OUT in approximately 3 weeks…The show itself was smooth and many comments were made afterwards by patrons regarding how much they enjoyed the music, recreation of the Carpenters concert and the costuming. The interaction of you and Ned with the audience, bringing them along on the journey of why a song was a favorite of Karen or Richard, why it was written, etc., is a touch that not all tribute acts do. In my experience of booking hundreds of tribute acts and theatre productions, those performers that connect in that way with their audience bring a level of performance that makes a LASTING IMPACT.” – Pamela McKinley, Theatre Manager at Freedom Hall Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada
“The Carpenters Tribute Concert at Solera was a HUGE HIT with our residents! Produced with original arrangements, this SELL-OUT performance was TOP QUALITY all the way. You won’t want to miss this show!” – Cynthia Cameron, Lifestyles Director, Stardust Theatre in Henderson, Nevada
“Never have I heard anyone sing like Karen with such RICHNESS without pushing. You are AMAZING. Visually and vocally you are amazing, even your mouth looks like Karen. The way you grip the microphone with your right hand is Karen. Well done! Well done!…Your clothing, your hair color, and your mouth when you are singing…It’s Karen all over again. Thank you thank you thank you for all you have done over these years to keep the memory of the Carpenters with us…I know of no one else that even comes close to what you’re doing!” – Michael Lansing, roadie & sound engineer for the Carpenters 1976 UK Tour
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