Meet the band behind the music

Karen and Richard Carpenter often kept things simple on stage, performing as just a duo. But to create the full, rich sound we all love on their albums, they had several additional musicians join in, making lush arrangements and creating unforgettable music. To bring you that same sound, Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters features Lisa Rock on lead vocals with her 6-piece backing band.

Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with her unabashedly catchy pop music. The Carpenters’ beautiful, memorable love songs topped the Billboard charts with more than a dozen number one hits. Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters brings these classics back to the stage with spot-on renditions performed by singer Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band.

*Bios*

Meet the Band Behind the Music

  • Lisa
    Rock

    Lisa Rock

    Lisa Rock has been performing to sold-out crowds for years. She’s written more than 15 original concerts and cabarets that have been seen...

  • Justin
    Boller

    Justin Boller

    Justin has performed extensively throughout the Chicago area in numerous rock bands, brass quintets, orchestras, musical...

  • Eric
    Engelson

    Eric Engelson

    A self taught musician since the age of 3, Eric turned his passion into his profession five years ago. Though his home is...

  • Dave
    Orlicz

    Dave Orlicz

    Performs regularly throughout the Chicago area. He plays primarily with jazz and theatre groups at venues that include...

  • Ken
    McMullen

    Ken McMullen

    A professional musician in the Chicago area performing theatre and cabaret shows for numerous venues...

  • Melissa
    Minyard

    Melissa Minyard

    On Broadway, Melissa had the privilege of performing the role of Cosette in the closing company of Les Miserables alongside legendary Broadway performer Terrance Mann.

  • Drew
    Jansen

    Drew Jansen

    A once and future resident of Little Rock AR who recently returned home after 35 years in Minnesota, Drew has a enjoyed an active and varied career as a musical composer/lyricist ...

  • Ian
    Letts

    Ian Letts

    Ian is an up and coming saxophonist in the Chicago land area. Having recently graduated from Northern Illinois University with degrees in Jazz Performance and Music Education...

  • Sari
    Greenberg

    Sari Greenberg

    Sari Greenberg is a singer, songwriter and actor whose past roles include Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Ring Of Fire (June Carter) and the national tour of Bad Romance where she played Lady Gaga..

  • Maggie
    Clennon
    Reberg

    Maggie Clennon Reberg

    Maggie starred in the 2014-15 National and South East Asia Tours of Sister Act as Mother Superior. She has appeared with the opera companies of Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta, New York, Toledo and Indianapolis. Signature roles include ...

  • Brad
    Kemp

    Brad Kemp

    Brad currently works in Chicago as a composer and producer by day and music director and teacher by night. He has composed original music for numerous shows including ...

  • Stephanie
    Souza

    Stephanie Souza

    Stephanie Souza (backing vocals/percussion) is a singer and actor who's past roles include The Light in the Piazza (Clara), Sweet Smell of Success (Madge/Club Zanzibar Singer), 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Rona), and her solo cabaret Three Stephens and a Stephanie.

  • Theodore
    Berry
    IV

    Theodore Berry IV

    Berry discovered the electric bass in his freshman year of college at Columbia College Chicago, while pursuing and attaining his BA in Audio Arts & Acoustics with the concentration in Live Sound Reinforcement.

  • Christian
    Moreno

    Christian Moreno

    Christian Moreno is a Chicago-based drummer and percussionist. An active theatre musician, he has worked with numerous ensembles in the area, including The Second City, FWD Theatre Project, BoHo Theatre, The Performers School, Quest Theatre Ensemble, and NightBlue Theatre, to name a few...