WHAT’S ON AYR: VIKKI HOLLAND-BOWYER DOVETAILS INTO THE CHARACTER OF KAREN CARPENTER FOR HIT STAGE SHOW CARPENTERS GOLD
Created and produced by West End director and performer Vikki Holland-Bowyer, brand-new stage show Carpenters Gold is coming to Ayr Gaiety.
International and West End vocalist Vikki promises a fast-moving production that accurately portrays not only The Carpenters’ musical brilliance, but also Richard and Karen Carpenter’s infectious magnetism.
“As well as paying meticulous attention to Karen’s mannerisms,” says Vikki, “we’re also keen to faithfully recreate the pair’s brother/sister relationship and their playful interaction with both the band and the audience, which was a trade mark of their live shows.”
Richard Carpenter, played by musical arranger and vocalist Greg Stevenson, features on the piano alongside a band that is joined on the drums by Karen, just as the Carpenters would have performed live in concert.
“Carpenters Gold is the only production that fully recreates a live Carpenters concert,” says Vikki, “even down to the authentically kitsch Seventies stage costumes.
“One enthusiastic review commented that ‘you could almost see the static from the Draylon’,” she chuckles.
In short, says Vikki, Carpenters Gold revives both the exceptional look and sound of The Carpenters’ extensive world performances and TV appearances, including Live at The London Palladium, Talk of the Town and their Japan 1974 tour.
All of the Carpenters’ greatest hits feature, including: Goodbye to Love, Close to You, Solitaire, We’ve Only Just Begun, Top of the World, Yesterday Once More, Superstar, Please Mr Postman, For All We Know, Only Yesterday and many more.
“When we were young we’d listen to the radio, waiting for our favourite songs – now we can enjoy them live, performed just how they would have been by the Carpenters during their heyday,” promises Vikki.
CARPENTERS GOLD is on Thursday 31st May 2018 7.30pm at the Gaiety Theatre, AYR
Carrick Street, Ayr, KA7 1NU
01292 288235 thegaiety.co.uk