“Now the Music of Karen Carpenter” is coming to The Cultural Center of Cape Cod (Photo courtesy of the artists)
Now is a new original musical revue created by Ruth Condon of Brave Horse Music which premiered at Cotuit Center for the Arts in June of 2016. The show explores the musical life of Karen & Richard Carpenter through their music with dialogue telling the back story. The title of the show comes from Karen’s last recording session in the spring of 1982 which was released posthumously on her album “Voice of the Heart” in the fall of 1983.
During their 14-year career, the Carpenters recorded 11 albums, 31 singles, five television specials, and a short-lived television series. Their career ended in 1983 by Karen’s death from heart failure brought on by complications of anorexia. The Carpenters had three No. 1 singles and album and single sales total more than 100 million units.
The musical revue will showcase Richard’s gorgeous compositions written with longtime collaborator John Bettis along with the hits that catapulted them to fame and made them a household name.
Richard’s rich vocal and instrumental arrangements highlighted this duo’s collaboration revealing the talent that contributed to Karen’s success and popular music.
We delve into many of their recorded demos, some that were created in bassist Joe Osborn’s garage, in the mid-sixties while other materials sat on shelves from recorded TV specials or discarded from completed albums.
We explore her lovely solo album that she recorded in 1979-80 with producer Phil Ramone that A & M shelved, much to her dismay & devastation which remained unreleased till 1996.
The performers are singer songwriter Jordan Renzi, theater pop singer Kristin Fehlau, theater veteran singer Anthony Teixeira and creator Ruth Condon. All vocal and music arrangements were written by Musical Director Malcolm Granger who will also lead and be part…