A RE-CREATION OF THE 1976 UK TOUR
The World's ONLY Authentic Production in Sight & Sound
Carpenters Tribute Concert at the CasaBlanca Resort & Casino in Mesquite, Nevada
Direct from Las Vegas – Carpenters Tribute Concert: 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 and 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 tribute to Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.
This energetic and powerful new show features the talents of Las Vegas veteran musicians John Plows on drums, Matt Baldoni on guitar and background vocals, and James D'Arrigo on tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, clarinet, and background vocals.
Randy Schmidt, author of Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter, says “Sally’s tribute to Karen Carpenter is heartfelt and honest” and David Halston of Tribute Masters says, “Sally is remarkable, spot-on, and delightfully entertaining.” Sally is truly unsurpassed in her startling representation of Karen Carpenter, including authentic hairstyles and makeup, vintage costumes, gestures, and stunning voice.
This exciting show has played to performing arts centers, cabarets including the famed Triad Theater in NYC, and SOLD OUT showrooms in Las Vegas. The show was featured at the Carpenters 50th Anniversary Celebration in Thousand Oaks, CA in April 2019. Sally was selected to be the first ever Karen Carpenter tribute artist to perform with the world-renowned Las Vegas based reivew Legends In Concert. All Carpenters Tribute Concert performances in 2020 are in celebration of Karen Carpenter’s 70th birthday which was on March 2nd.
Carpenters Tribute Concert: 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 production in sight and sound.
"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
WHAT FANS HAVE TO SAY:
“The CLOSEST thing to Karen.”
“Sally EMBODIES THE SPIRIT and the presence of Karen Carpenter.”
“The BEST TRIBUTE to the Carpenters I’ve heard.”
"Just saw your show, you and Ned were fabulous, totally BLOWN AWAY. I saw the Carpenters about 8 times live and you are THE CLOSEST I have seen as far as voice and looks. Thank you for a wonderful evening!" ~ Doug Linderman, attendee at the Carpenters 50th Anniversary Celebration in Thousand Oaks, CA
"I've seen several Carpenters tribute shows in recent years, only to be disappointed. This is the first that truly entertained me, and made me feel like I was back in the presence of Karen Carpenter herself. Sally's warm impression of a SINGING LEGEND is both pure and sincere, and the musical arrangements are SPOT-ON. It's as close to seeing a Carpenters show as the REAL THING. Plus, both entertainers were very pleasant and friendly offstage. I would highly recommend this duo for any Carpenters fans!" ~ Bob Dlugos, Las Vegas
"Knowing my nostalgic affection for the Carpenters, my wife made a reservation to see this tribute show. I was initially skeptical but ultimately BLOWN AWAY. The look and sound were spot-on, and the performers had an excellent rapport with the crowd. At times, I really did feel like I had gone back in time to witness a live Carpenters show during the band’s prime. Not one person got up to leave during the whole 90-minute show. Really AMAZING stuff." ~ Chris Scalise, Las Vegas
"This show recreates the look, feel and sound of the Carpenters. The AUTHENTICITY is remarkable, musically and visually. The show is entertaining for anyone, Carpenters fan or not." ~ Cathy McBride-Plows, Las Vegas
CARPENTERS TRIBUTE CONCERT : A CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT - AVAILABLE STARTING IN 2020
The Carpenters' Christmas records still top "Favorite Holiday
Album" lists every year.
Direct from Las Vegas- Carpenters Tribute Concert: A Christmas Portrait, starring Sally Olson as Karen Carpenter and Ned Mills as Richard Carpenter, takes the audience back in time to an old fashioned Christmas. The show recreates the nostalgia of the Carpenters' 1977 and 1978 Christmas TV Specials, in addition to the silly and endearing humor that will make you feel like a kid again! The show features the holiday classics "Merry Christmas, Darling", "Sleigh Ride", "The Christmas Song” and much more, and includes many of the Carpenters’ greatest hits. Sally Olson is the first-ever Karen Carpenter tribute artist to perform with Legends in Concert.
Carpenters Tribute Concert: A Christmas Portrait 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 production in sight and sound.
OUR PRODUCTION IS...
- The only 100% authentic Carpenters tribute show with a “Richard Carpenter” and “Karen Carpenter” who are fully in character with spot-on vocals, arrangements, dialogue, costuming, and more.
- The only Carpenters tribute that features Karen Carpenter's drum solo.
- The only Carpenters tribute that includes “Richard Carpenter”.
- The only Carpenters tribute that is a re-creation of their actual concerts: A Re-creation of the Carpenters 1976 UK Tour
- The most lean and efficient Carpenters tribute: although most Carpenters tributes require 8 to 10 musicians, we have a total cast of 5 performers, including “Karen” and “Richard”, while still retaining the highest production value.
- The holiday version of our show Carpenters Tribute Concert: A Christmas Portrait is the only production that re-creates excerpts from the Carpenters' Christmas television specials.
- The only Carpenters tribute that opens with a tribute to Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.
- The first-ever and only Karen Carpenter tribute artist to perform with the world-renowned Las Vegas based review Legends in Concert.
BOX OFFICE STATS:
Stardust Theatre in Henderson, NV - seating capacity 150 - SOLD OUT
CasaBlanca Resort & Casino in Mesquite, NV - seating capacity 455 - SOLD OUT
Carpenters 50th Anniversary Celebration in Thousand Oaks, CA - seating capacity 150 - SOLD OUT
Freedom Hall Theatre in Las Vegas, NV - seating capacity 300 - SOLD OUT
Hippodrome Theatre in Waco, TX - seating capacity 354 - SOLD OUT
Palace Theatre in Grapevine, TX - seating capacity 425 - SOLD OUT
Starbright Theatre in Las Vegas, NV - seating capacity 322 - SOLD OUT
The Betsie Sanders Theatre for the Performing Arts in Pahrump, NV - seating capacity 200 - SOLD OUT
Sun Lakes Country Club in Banning, CA - seating capacity 500 - SOLD OUT
Historic Hemet Theatre in Hemet, CA - seating capacity 400 - SOLD OUT
Mount Dora Theatre in Mount Dora, FL - seating capacity 615 - SOLD OUT
FOR BOOKINGS & INFO:
Ned Mills, Manager & Musical Director