The Carpenters Remembered in Downtown Provo

A meticulously detailed show relives all the classics.


By Zach Collier

The Carpenters owned the ’70s. The brother and sister duo were the best-selling American group between 1970 and 1980. Their jazz-inspired soft rock captivated audiences all around the world. In their first year alone, they had four Top 5 hits (twice the number of any other artist that year). With more than 100 million records sold, they’re one of the best-selling artists of all time.


Unfortunately, their career was cut short by the death of sister Karen Carpenter due to anorexia-related heart complications in 1983. Despite this tragedy ending their musical output, Karen’s music and memory live on, helping millions overcome their difficult emotions and live healthily.

Honoring the band’s memory is a show entitled We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered. An intimate behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the most successful recording acts of all time, it stars Michelle Berting Brett and her superstar band. The show re-creates The Carpenters’ original sound in exquisite detail.

Photo by Mark Brett.

The show has toured the US since 2013, playing coast-to-coast in performing arts centers and casino show rooms. The show has sold out several times in Las Vegas and Downey, California – hometown of The Carpenters. Now, it’s coming to Provo, Utah.

Since 2007, the mission of The Covey Center for the Arts in downtown Provo has been to be a hub for community activity and to build a legacy of all that is “worth experiencing, worth contemplating, and worth being.” This show definitely meets those criteria, as it celebrates a legacy act and aims to share it with a new generation.

The Covey Center for the Arts will host Michelle Berting Brett and company in their main hall in downtown Provo on May 25 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available online here.


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