Mrs. Santa Claus
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It s sometimes said that behind every great man there s a great woman. But then there s Mrs. Santa Claus, who s not content to stay behind. She s out front, using her special talents. Angela Lansbury stars in Jerry Herman s delightful musical about a woman who proves even Santa needs help to make Christmas run smoothly.
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The story is not complicated and it is obvious that all the loose ends will be tied up happily by the end of the film. Anyone looking for a "meaningful" story line should remember this is a family Christmas confection. It was never meant to be anything but a fun, happy music filled show and it succeeds admirably on all counts. Even if Charles Durning (a wonderful actor) is not a good singer, the whole cast is great.
Jerry Herman provides his signature "can't get them out of your mind" songs. "Avenue A" makes you want to dance around the room with the performers.
Pop a bowl of popcorn, grab a soft drink, forget the "real" word and enter the fantasy land of Christmas and Mrs. Santa Claus. Unless you are really a Scrooge, you won't regret it.
Mrs Santa Claus (Angela Lansbury) is tired "of being the shadow behind the great man" and takes the reindeer, three days before Christmas, on a little spin around the world. Poor reindeer Cupid hurts his leg and she has to make an emergency stop in downtown New York (circa 1900's).
There she stays in "Avenue A", filled with colorful characters like stable boy Marcello (David Norona), feisty Sadie (Debra Wiseman) and Irish urchin Nora (Lynsey Bartilson). While in New York she endears herself to the wonderful residents as Mrs North.
The Jerry Herman-penned songs are the tops with "We Don't Go Together", "Whistle", "He Needs Me", "Mrs Santa Claus" and many more.
Fantastic costumes by the always-dependable Bob Mackie and game support by Michael Jeter, Terrence Mann and Charles Durning all add fun to the proceedings.
love this. Unfortunately to get a DVD it was too expensive.
One tv in our house has a built in VHS player - so this
will work for us. Every holiday season I look for this movie
on cable, but it never has been shown since it first came
out that I have ran across. Enjoy - you'll be humming the
show tunes. I would have rated it 5 stars but USPS lost
first pkg, however, seller replaced it immediately & it came
It doesn't get any better than Angela, probably the most well respected lady in the business of stage and film. A true artist! The supporting cast is all very believable and do a great job gracing this film.
The film is far from serious and should be viewed as light hearted and just pure entertainment. The only thing i would have changed in this film would have been making some of the production numbers longer. It's a joy to watch.
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