Carpenters’ Christmas at UDPAC: What they are saying…

DREXEL HILL, PA. – November 19, 2019 – One of the most successful recording acts of all time will be celebrated in a Christmas spectacular at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center (UDPAC) on Sunday, December 1. Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas, a tribute show starring Michelle Berting Brett, takes the stage for a one-day-only engagement at 3:00 p.m.

The Carpenters released two classic Christmas albums and their holiday music is a favorite every year. Merry Christmas Darling re-creates the Carpenters’ sound and Berting Brett shares stories from those who knew Karen and Richard personally. Audiences delight in singing along to the Carpenters’ classic and all their Christmas favorites.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is the most active venue of its kind in Delaware County, entertaining more than 60,000 patrons each year with a variety of shows ranging from nationally known artists, regional orchestras and ballet, holiday spectaculars and the award-winning Summer Stage program, which enters its 45th season in 2020. It is conveniently located in Drexel Hill, minutes from the Main Line, Blue Route and Center City.

Tickets for Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas are priced from $40-$45 and may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services. It is a Best of the Main Line honoree and a recipient of the Barrymore Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Here’s what critics and venues across the country say about Merry Christmas Darling:

“Michelle Berting Brett is essentially an adult Disney princess. She has a lightness to her that gave her a unique energy while telling (the Carpenters) stories and singing their songs. It made her so easy to listen to and it made her connection with the audience that much more tangible.”

 “Michelle Berting Brett is a richly gifted vocalist whose heartfelt tribute to Karen Carpenter is simply not to be missed.”

“The Norwood Theater came alive with the beautiful music of the Carpenters. Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas was the perfect show to begin our holiday season.”

“When you close your eyes, you are there like it was in the days of that magical voice of Karen Carpenter. And it stays that way the entire show.”

  “Michelle Berting Brett performed her heart out in a very special show. It wasn’t just the tunes, it was the vibe, the stories and the memories being shared. It’s a downright special event for anyone who has loved the Carpenters.”

 “Merry Christmas Darling is an absolutely amazing holiday show that is sure to be enjoyed by all. Michelle Berting Brett brings to life a spectacular performance with some of the Carpenters most cherished favorites and holiday classics. This endearing show truly fills you with the holiday spirit.”

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