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The Carpenters Story comes to Bromley

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:01 25 July 2018

Phil Aldridge directs the shows and performs as Richard. Picture: Colin Rozee

Phil Aldridge directs the shows and performs as Richard. Picture: Colin Rozee

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The highly-acclaimed concert-style production of The Carpenters Story, which celebrates the music of one of the most successful pop duos in music history, will come to the Churchill Theatre for one night only on Wednesday, August 29.

Claire Furley performs as Karen. Picture: Colin RozeeClaire Furley performs as Karen. Picture: Colin Rozee

First created back in 1988 by its founder Phil Aldridge, The Carpenters Story was one of the UK’s very first tribute-style shows of its kind.

Now three decades later, the show has stood the test of time, having entertained sell-out audiences throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

Acclaimed international star Claire Furley remains unsurpassed in her uncanny representation of Karen Carpenter.

Her stunning vocal harmonies, combined with state of the art video projection and lavish musical arrangements will take you on an incredible journey through the uniqueness that truly was The Carpenters.

The highly-acclaimed production celebrates the music of The Carpenters. Picture: Colin RozeeThe highly-acclaimed production celebrates the music of The Carpenters. Picture: Colin Rozee

Featuring all the timeless classics, including Superstar, (They Long To Be) Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Yesterday Once More, Top of the World, Please Mr Postman, Rainy Days and Mondays, and many more!

Phil, who directs the shows and performs as Richard Carpenter, said he had no idea when creating the production that its popularity would be so long-lasting.

“We didn’t expect it to keep going, especially not for this long,” he said.

“There’s been a bit of a resurgence in the last five or six years as well.”

The highly-acclaimed production celebrates the music of The Carpenters. Picture: Colin RozeeThe highly-acclaimed production celebrates the music of The Carpenters. Picture: Colin Rozee

When asked why audiences continue to love the story, Phil said: “The general age group of those who come to see us is mostly 50 plus, although there are more and more young people who come across the music through school.

“There has also always been that interest around Karen Carpenter - nobody had really heard of anorexia before her so that keeps a lot of interest around her as well.

“It’s a sad story but out show is more about focusing on the brilliant music of The Carpenters, although we do tell their story too.”

Phil’s love of vocal harmonies is what inspired him to create the stage story.

Claire Furley performs as Karen. Picture: Colin RozeeClaire Furley performs as Karen. Picture: Colin Rozee

“I had been doing a lot of shows - I used to be a music director for shows, getting the bands together for them” he said.

“In that time I met a lot of like-minded musicians.

“Over the years I decided to create this tribute - it wasn’t something I had always wanted to do

“We just had to find the right people for a tribute to The Carpenters, which wasn’t very difficult because of the amount of people I had already met.”

Phil Aldridge directs the shows and performs as Richard. Picture: Colin RozeePhil Aldridge directs the shows and performs as Richard. Picture: Colin Rozee

Phil has been a fan of The Carpenters’ music for a long time. He said it started right from the moment close to you came out, “which is a bit weird because I was 14 at the time,” he said. “But I find it unique - it was the harmonies in the song and it remains my favourite of their songs and seems to be most audiences’ as well, based on their reactions.”

Phil said he is looking forward to bringing the production to the Churchill Theatre. He said: “Bromley is always good. We have played it a lot of times now and since the resurgence it has built up its audiences, and Bromley is always a really nice place to play.

“Often people come back to see it - we actually get a lot of American tourists watching the show in London-based areas as well.”

When asked what audiences can expect from the production, Phil said: “They will be reminded of the time - of the 60s and they will be even more shocked at how many words they remember - it’s amazing how they get into your psyche.

“It’s more than just nostalgia, it’s a feel good show and everyone goes home smiling, recalling the memories they had as the music can bring back all sorts of things.”

The show is coming to Bromley on August 29 at 7:30pm.

For tickets visit https://churchilltheatre.co.uk/Online/tickets-carpenters-story-bromley-2018.

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