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Mrs. Santa Claus -- A musical adventure in which Mrs. Claus leaves the North Pole and finds herself in 1890s New York. She explores this new world by getting a job in a sweat shop and befriending a young suffragette, only to become empowered by urban life.

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Director:
Writer:
Mark Saltzman (written by)
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Release Date:
8 December 1996 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Seasonal classic See more (13 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Terry Hughes 
 
Writing credits
Mark Saltzman (written by)

Produced by
Mark A. Burley .... supervising producer
Eric Ellenbogen .... co-producer
J. Boyce Harman Jr. .... producer
Priscilla Morgan .... associate producer
David Shaw .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Herman 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen M. Katz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stan Cole 
 
Casting by
Allison Cowitt 
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
Hub Braden 
 
Art Direction by
Mary Dodson 
 
Set Decoration by
Ellen Totleben 
 
Costume Design by
Bob Mackie 
 
Makeup Department
Robin Beauchesne .... key makeup artist
Renate Leuschner .... wigs: Ms. Lansbury's
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist (as Lola 'Skip' McNalley)
Gloria Montemayor .... key hair stylist
Ray Sebastian .... makeup artist
Dorothy Andre .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bridget Bergman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Michael F. Blake .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jeff Cox .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Iris V. Gillispie .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Timothy A. Miguel .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Cass Coty .... production supervisor
Dee D'Orazio .... post-production supervisor
J. Boyce Harman Jr. .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Algric Leo Chaplin .... second second assistant director (as Algric Chaplin)
Kevin Corcoran .... first assistant director
Martha L. Mericka .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Roger Apperson .... construction coordinator
Ellen Freund .... property master
Craig Gadsby .... leadman
Tony Guastella .... leadman
Leslie Lawson .... paint foreperson
Tedi Tate .... assistant property master
Doug Vlaming .... construction foreman
Tom Jung .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Steve Purdy .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Rich Romig .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wayne Ardman .... re-recording mixer
Brian Bidder .... sound mixer
Robert L. Harman .... re-recording mixer (as Bob Harman)
Michael A. Patillo .... sound playback (as Michael Patillo)
J.R. Westen .... re-recording mixer
Glenn Young .... boom operator
Tim Chilton .... foley artist (uncredited)
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Dennis Sager .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Dean St. John .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James Reedy .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Stephanie Powell .... visual effects supervisor
Lon Tinney .... visual effects producer
Matt Haslam .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chere Rae .... stunt double: Ms. Lansbury's
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marshall Adams .... gaffer
Steve Barnes .... camera operator (as Steven Barnes)
Matthew Devitt .... best boy grip
Bill Finger .... first assistant cameraman (as William Finger)
Michael Goldman .... best boy grip
Dennis Grow .... rigging gaffer
Bill Layton .... camera operator
Richard A. Ludt .... grip
Randall Marcus .... still photographer
Robin Melhuish .... first assistant cameraman
Andrew Smith .... best boy electric
Michael Starkey .... rigging grip
R. Michael Stringer .... grip (uncredited)
Keith Talley .... key grip (as Keith A. Talley)
Michael Bratkowski .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Ray Brown .... grip (uncredited)
Steve Cooke .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Starkey .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Maliz van Ooyen .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Rachel Davies .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Fleming .... costumer: Ms. Lansbury's
James Gadd .... wardrobe supervisor
Lisa Tomczeszyn .... assistant costume designer
Eilish Zebrasky .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Viv Kim .... negative cutting
Mary Pritchard .... assistant editor
Yelena Lanskaya .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Larry Blank .... music supervisor
Larry Blank .... orchestrator
Alice Borden .... audition vocalist
Dennis Dreith .... additional orchestrator
Patti Fidelibus .... music copyist (as Pat Fidelibus)
Sooky Fidelibus .... music copyist
Mark Green .... music editor
Jerry Herman .... lyricist
Jerry Herman .... musical supervisor
Steve Lively .... vocal contractor
Don Pippin .... conductor
Don Pippin .... music producer
John Richards .... music mixer
John Richards .... music recordist
Jeff Shannon .... assistant scoring engineer
Joe Soldo .... orchestra contractor
Joe Soldo .... orchestra manager
Rick Winquest .... scoring mixer
 
Transportation Department
Bobby Jo Cawley .... transportation coordinator
James D. D'Amico .... transportation coordinator (as James D'Amico)
Bruce Callahan .... driver (uncredited)
Mel Langford .... production driver (uncredited)
Lowell D. Smith .... driver: cast trailer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stefan Dessalines .... key production assistant
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott-Griffin)
David Krane .... dance arranger
Asaf Landau .... key production assistant
Jack Lilley .... boss wrangler
Rob Marshall .... choreography
Billy Martin .... key production assistant
Barney McNulty .... cue cards
Sarah Miles .... assistant choreographer
Dorothy Morey .... assistant: David Shaw
Gayle Phelps .... trainer
Juanita Presley .... production associate
Lynnet Price .... production coordinator (as Lynnet Marie Price)
Rod Ripley .... key production assistant
Todd Schroeder .... voice coach: Ms. Lansbury's
Chip Touhey .... key production assistant (as John 'Chip' Touhey)
Pamela Varney .... assistant: Mr. Burley
Katherine Wallace .... executive assistant: Ms. Lansbury
Elise Ganz .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Matthew Howard .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Mike Montesano .... on-set medic (uncredited)
Robert Penrose .... on-set medic (uncredited)
Michael Picarella .... production assistant (uncredited)
John Plant .... craft service (uncredited)
Maurice Schwartzman .... lead dancer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (as Dolby SurroundTM)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Portugal:M/6 | UK:U (video rating) (2010) | USA:G

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Trivia:
Prior to preliminary production, Jerry Herman invited the production's cast and department heads to his home in Bel Air for an informal evening gathering. Bob Mackie had his costume sketches with him. Jerry used Bob's sketches for his and Angela Lansbury's initial presentation "Mrs. Santa Claus" for their CBS-TV Christmas project. Jerry's enthusiasm in showcasing his music established an energetic creative rapport. Following this gathering of their creative team, Jerry Herman's presence attending every meeting, being present at cast and dance rehearsals, (conducted at the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, two miles from Universal City Studios); Jerry's interest, his attention during the filming day and night schedule, established a creative energy with each individual's participation. Every individual involved had a spark of energy to accomplish their best effort in performing their job in the filming of this production. The crew asked for Jerry's cameo appearance performing on an upright piano. Terry Hughes put the post-card shot into the musical sequence.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Santa Claus:[takes Nora aside] I have to go now, sweetheart.
Nora Kilkenny:All right, I'll see you tomorrow.
Mrs. Santa Claus:Actually, I'm going back home.
Nora Kilkenny:But you can't go! Not yet!
Mrs. Santa Claus:Someone back home really needs me. Now, don't worry, I haven't forgotten. I still have presents for you and the other kids.
Nora Kilkenny:Will I ever see you again?
Mrs. Santa Claus:Oh, I hope so. In the meantime, when you look up at the evening sky, and you see a star. You'll know who I'm thinking of.
[hugs Nora goodbye]
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Seasonal classic, 30 March 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I would have liked Mrs Santa Claus to be a tad longer, but I was really surprised at how good this film was when I saw it for the first time four years ago on TV. While not my favourite Christmas film, it is a seasonal classic and for several reasons is very special to me.

The production values are lovely. The sets are quite colourful with a magic quality to them. The costumes look warm and cosy. The scenery is breathtaking. And the photography is surprisingly skillful. Even the sleigh looks as though care was taken to construct it.

Jerry Herman's music is just wonderful. The orchestration is very memorable and mellow. But I just adored the songs, especially the beautiful Almost Young, which is the best performed vocally and emotionally rendition of the film. All the songs benefit from great melodies and catchy lyrics.

I love the choreography as well. There have been film musicals where it is sprightly and energetic such as in West Side Story, and some where it is messy and misconceived seen in The Wiz. Mrs Santa Claus's choreography left me transfixed, being neither being too simple or too difficult but showing evident care and skill.

That's not all. The story is not predictable or badly paced in any way. It is original, brisk, exciting and fun. Also towards the end it is even heart-warming.

The script is another strength. It is simple without being too simplistic or childish, mature without being too sophisticated or convoluted, charming and poignant without being schmaltzy and funny without any obscenities and crude humour. In short, it has something for the whole family, adults will love the choreography, script and titular performance and kids will love the production values, songs and story.

The acting is also very well done. Angela Lansbury, a fine character actress who has always had a special place in my heart, is perfection in the title role. Acting-wise she oozes with charm, choreographically she is as light as a feather and natural and singing-wise she emotes and sings beautifully. She is very well supported by the charming Michael Jester, the solid Terence Mann and a slightly underused but still okay Charles Durning.

All in all, Mrs Santa Claus is a seasonal classic in my view and a real treat for fans of a great talent like Lansbury. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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