A CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT
"Merry Christmas everyone! And welcome to the joy of the holiday season! It’s that time of the year when spirits are high, and all our dreams and fantasies can come true. It’s the best time of year when the best things of all happen…
with a little magic."
~ Karen & Richard Carpenter
The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait, 1978 TV Special
"CARPENTERS TRIBUTE CONCERT: A CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT" - PROMO VIDEO
The Carpenters' Christmas records still top "Favorite Holiday Album" lists every year.
Direct from Las Vegas, Carpenters Legacy: 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 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.
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 Unfiltered says, “Sally Olson and Ned Mills perfectly embody Karen and Richard Carpenter. Carpenters Legacy is nothing short of astounding.” 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, vintage costumes, gestures, and stunning voice.
Carpenters Legacy completed their first Las Vegas residency in Town Square on Las Vegas Boulevard in spring of 2021. The show 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 review Legends In Concert. Carpenters Legacy was nominated in five entertainment categories for the 2021 Best of Las Vegas/Las Vegas Review-Journal Awards and was voted "Best Impersonator” (Bronze Winner.) Carpenters Legacy: 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 tribute in sight and sound.
Christmas show photos by Don Cadette
SET LIST (90 minute show)
Medley: Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / White Christmas
Medley: It's Christmas Time / Don't Be Afraid / Sing
Peanuts Christmas Medley: Christmas Time Is Here / Oh, Christmas Tree / Charlie Brown Theme
The Christmas Song
(There's No Place Like) Home for The Holidays
Piano Feature: Oh, Holy Night
The First Snowfall / Let It Snow
Spike Jones Parody of Close To You
Piano Picker (Karen’s Drum Feature)
New Year's Resolution
Merry Christmas, Darling
Carol of The Bells
(They Long To Be) Close To You
For All We Know
Top of The World
Ticket To Ride
I Won’t Last A Day Without You
Hurting Each Other
Rainy Days And Mondays
Goodbye To Love
We've Only Just Begun