Carpenters show “returns” to Downey

August 6, 2016 by  

Michelle Berting Brett will make a one-night appearance at The Downey Theatre as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the city, with a celebration of the brother and sister team of The Carpenters.

Harry Sharpe will direct a seven-piece Nashville band to accompany Berting Brett, who will recreate the original sound of the Carpenters.

The idea for the show developed when Berting Brett, who grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada, was told that her voice was very much like that of Karen Carpenter. Her husband, Mark Brett, encouraged her to create a show based around the music of the Carpenters. It started at a small club in Toronto and now the two tour major venues in the United States, and have a special holiday version.

Karen and Richard Carpenter attended Downey High School in the 1960s, so the debut of the show in Southern California is no coincidence.

Prior to the performance, there will be an Open House at the Theatre with refreshments, live music, an art display exhibiting the history of Downey, and tours of the renovated theatre.

The show will be on Saturday, August 13, beginning at 8:00 pm.

The Downey Theatre might benefit from the assistance of a local printing company to promote this show and the celebrations of the city by means of posters and banners.