Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters' Christmas starring Michelle Berting Brett accompanied by her 7-piece band is a concert show celebrating the biggest hits of one of the most successful recording artists of all time, plus a full complement of The Carpenters' Christmas repertoire from two classic Carpenters Christmas albums and two Christmas-themed Carpenters television specials.
Michelle Berting Brett takes center stage accompanied by her 7-piece band of seasoned Nashville musicians directed by Harry Sharpe. Sharpe and the band have worked with popular music icons including Donna Summer, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, Alison Krauss, The Monkees, Bobby Caldwell, Tom Jones, Gloria Estefan, and Michael McDonald.
Originally from Saskatchewan, Michelle trained in opera and theatre on scholarship at Dickinson State University in the U.S. and is an award winning graduate of the Music Theatre program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada.
Michelle began her career based in Toronto performing coast to coast and as far north as Dawson City, Yukon, in musical theater. Favorite roles include "The Baroness" in The Sound of Music and "Woman 2 (Miss Byrd)" in Closer Than Ever. Michelle also performed in Murder Mysteries, Corporate Industrial Shows, with an improv troupe, as a background vocalist in studio and on tour, and as a voice-over artist.
Michelle has traveled the world performing the American Songbook and jazz repertoire in her own cabaret shows, most notably Jazz, Torch and Ancient Pop and Michelle Berting Sings Peggy Lee. In roles as diverse as Band Leader, Production Singer, and Guest Entertainer, Michelle has made music in the exclusive hotels and resorts of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and the luxury cruise lines of the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and South Pacific. A highlight of her career was the opportunity to perform for the Troops in Bosnia.
Michelle was invited to participate in the Eighth International Cabaret Conference at Yale and recent performances include singing background vocals for Ronnie Spector (lead singer of "The Ronettes"), singing in studio with music legend Ronnie Hawkins, and guesting with Matt "Guitar" Murphy ("Blues Brothers") opening for Little Richard at B.B. King Blues Club in NYC. Most recently Michelle opened for comic legend Bob Newhart with a 10 piece Big Band at Casino Rama in Toronto.
Michelle is now based in the U.S. and for this longtime Carpenters' fan, We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered and Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters' Christmas can only be described as a dream come true!
The Larcom Theatre was built in 1912 (the same year as Boston's Fenway Park) by brothers Harris and Glover Ware (vaudeville musicians from Marblehead, MA) on the birth site of their favorite poet, Lucy Larcom.
The Larcom Theatre's grand opening advertised that its interior was lit completely by electricity.
During its 107 year history, The Larcom Theatre has presented stage, screen and musical entertainment. In 1984 the Larcom's elegant horseshoe balcony, hand-painted antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings were restored to their original glory by Le Grand David Magic Company, who presented their award-winning magic show there until the company's founder, Cesareo Pelaez, died in 2012.
In April 2013, after the Larcom Theatre had been dark for about a year, Vickie and Peter Van Ness of gimmeLIVE produced a sold-out Mardi Gras Benefit Concert that filled the Larcom Theatre with music for the first time since the days of Vaudeville.
In 2014, gimmeLIVE installed a new, state-of-the-art sound system featuring Meyer line arrays and subs. GIMMELIVE concerts at the Larcom Theatre have received stellar reviews for the quality of both the music and the sound.
Later in 2014, Peter and Vickie co-produced That's When I Know It's Mardi Gras, a live CD recorded in front of an audience at the Larcom Theatre featuring New Orleans vocalist Henri Smith with Grammy Award-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell.
In 2015, gimmeLIVE hosted The James Montgomery Band at the Larcom Theatre and, once again, recorded a live CD, which was released in November of that year. GIMMELIVE also hosted James Montgomery's "Live at the Larcom" CD Release Benefit Concert, which raised money for veterans organizations. (Many gimmeLIVE shows raise money for charity. Click here if you'd like gimmeLIVE to produce a concert or festival to raise money for your organization.)
In early 2017, gimmeLIVE expanded into the building adjoining the Larcom Theatre (at 9 Wallis Street), formerly owned by members of Le Grand David Magic Company and known as the Grand Salon. GIMMELIVE has re-branded this elegant venue as 9 Wallis, which is now the North Shore's most intimate listening room offering comfortable show seating at tables with food & beverage service, including wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails.
9 Wallis is a beautifully restored, tremendously flexible space that is also available for private parties and corporate events. GIMMELIVE can book world-class entertainment, including national touring artists, for your event. The stage, with state-of-the-art sound and lighting plus Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) 4K Video, can accommodate any performance or presentation. The room is completely wired with CAT6 for high-speed internet access. Click here if you'd like someone to contact you about booking a party or corporate event.
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