We’ve Only Just Begun | Dublin

/ Oct

We’ve Only Just Begun | Dublin

Bord Gais Energy Theatre
08:00 pm
Tickets from €23.90

We’ve Only Just Begun : The Carpenters Greatest Love Songs with Toni Lee & her 8-piece Big Band Production & Audio Visuals

Sun 21st October: Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin
Tues 23rd October: Cork Opera House
Thurs 25th October: UCH, Limerick

Karen Carpenter was the voice of The Carpenters, who along with her brother Richard, scored an unprecedented 17 consecutive US top ten hits. The timeless quality of the Carpenters music makes it as relevant today as when they scored their first UK hit with Close to You in 1970.

Pat Egan is delighted to bring this phenomenal, record-breaking show back to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, the Cork Opera House and the University Concert Hall, Limerick in October 2018. We’ve Only Just Begun : The Carpenters Greatest Love Songs is a celebration of the Carpenters music and the spirit of Karen Carpenter. Every song in the show is a chart hit, performed by vocalist Toni Lee, with her Big Band and singers.

“The success of the show is down to the outstanding high quality of the production, brilliant band and singers but ever more so the astonishing voice of Toni Lee recreating to perfection the smoky tones of Karen Carpenter. No other Carpenters show comes near”says Pat Egan.

The show’s Musical Director and arranger is Eugene McCarthy, a highly experienced musician of over 30 years who has worked with top Irish and international acts.

Toni Lee is unique, utterly unique in that she recreates the voice of Karen Carpenter like no one else alive. Her touring show “We’ve Only Just Begun” has been on the road now for over 5 years and it’s simply the best Celebration of the Carpenters music to be heard anywhere in the world. The show features every Carpenter hit with an 8 piece big band and audiovisuals of the Carpenters career highlights. It’s an evening of pure nostalgia where Toni Lee truly becomes Karen Carpenter.

Toni grew up in a music business family. Her dad was a professional musician and her mum worked as an agent. So Toni has been surrounded by bands and singers from an early age. When other kids were playing street games, Toni was packing her Dad’s car with his instruments and discovering what life on the road was all about!

She first came to national attention when she appeared as Karen Carpenter on ITV’S “Stars in their Eyes” which led to the creation of her touring show “We’ve Only Just Begun”, which this year will return to tour Ireland, the UK and Holland and will also visit both Australia & America for the first time. With 25 years’ singing experience, Toni Lee is the ultimate professional performer whose attention to detail and pride in her work is second to none.

Here’s what they say about the show:

Astounding. It’s like Karen was there singing through you. 11/10” – Paul Isaac
Vocally, the best impersonator I have ever seen” – Louise (London)
Toni, you are keeping alive something beautiful. Please keep it up. If you are the chosen one to keep Karen’s music alive, keep it up.” – Aine & Aisling (Ireland)
Richard’s sister is back! Karen is smiling down on you Toni Lee. I hope Richard sees the video one day, he would be so pleased. Close your eyes and you’d swear it was Karen!” Dara (Pennsylvania, USA)
OMG, I’d go almost anywhere in the USA to see you, Toni. Please come to the USA” – Julia (USA)
Saw you tonight at New Brighton. The show was great, your voice is amazing and couldn’t believe how like Karen Carpenter you sound.” – Jan Lloyd (UK)
Loved the show at the Floral tonight. The Band were good, but Toni you we’re superb!!” – Alan Buckle (UK)
Just seen this show, fab, brilliant what a voice!” – Cherie Roberts (UK)
I was at Glenrothes. Toni’s voice is amazing and very like Karen’s and it was such a nice touch to have footage of Richard and Karen playing on the big screen.” – Pauline Robertson (UK)
I sang along, laughed, cried and re-lived some great moments. Get tickets and go along, you won’t be disappointed. Thanks Toni, it was great! ” – Elizabeth Shaw (UK)
Oh my God you really do sound like Karen, what a gift!” – Paddy O’Reilly, Dublin