With a second show added due to demand for tickets, it should be no surprise that the Three Pianos Christmas CD sold out at the Savoy on Sunday afternoon. This didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the second show crowd in the evening, as they were treated to an amazing couple of hours, filled with memories enough to last long past the holidays. From the medley of old “record player” seasonal favorites like Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” and Jim Reeves’ “Old Christmas Card”, to Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad”, Stephen Muise, Aaron Lewis and Johnny Aucoin delivered all of the crowd favorites and more.
Lewis was outstanding on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, “When A Child Is Born”, “New Kid In Town”, and the lovely “O Holy Night”. Aucoin did not disappoint with his signature style and sense of humour, most times at his own expense, from his “Yamaha Christmas Medley” to his Floyd Cramer tributes, the crowd went wild.
There were sing alongs, of course, and reminiscences of favorite toys of Christmases past as well as special guests, including Martina Lewis, (daughter of Aaron), who has shared the stage before, and this time delivered a most confident rendition of the David Foster/ Amy Grant classic, “My Grown Up Christmas List”.
Muise, Breton Education Centre’s band teacher had the opportunity to showcase some of his students, as they not only played an integral part in the show but busked in the lobby to raise funds for an upcoming New York trip, which will include participation in a workshop presented by Julliard professors.
And the Three Pianos were backed up by veterans Ron Leadbeater on drums and Allie Bennett on bass, who would marked his 162nd show at the Savoy since his debut in 1976.
But despite pouring every conceivable holiday bit into this show, there was one new ingredient that will set it aside as having a fresh new twist. His name is Jordan Crocker, (step-son of Muise). From the moment he leaped on to the stage and every time thereafter, this 9 year old dynamo held the focus of the entire theatre no matter who else was present. His confidence, timing, and charm was such that I have not seen in a young up and comer in a very long time. He was just plain adorable and I hear folks could not resist pinching his cheeks after the shows. I’ll never hear the song “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” quite the same again! Be prepared to see a lot more of Jordan in the future! He’s a natural.
The Three Pianos are about to reach 10 years together filling seats no matter the venue. A great show, that sent everyone out into the cold with a warm and fuzzy holiday feeling!