Mrs. Santa Claus [Original Soundtrack]

Mrs. Santa Claus [Original Soundtrack]

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Musical theater composer Jerry Herman did not mount another Broadway musical after his 1983 hit La Cage aux Folles. But in the 1990s he accepted an offer from the Hallmark Entertainment Channel to write songs for a television movie musical for the holiday season. The result was Mrs. Santa Claus. Herman, the motivating force in the project (with a script

Overview

Musical theater composer Jerry Herman did not mount another Broadway musical after his 1983 hit La Cage aux Folles. But in the 1990s he accepted an offer from the Hallmark Entertainment Channel to write songs for a television movie musical for the holiday season. The result was Mrs. Santa Claus. Herman, the motivating force in the project (with a script by Mark Saltzman and directed by Terry Hughes), saw to it that the work was well within his comfort zone. He always had an affinity for the pop music of the Gilded Age and the early 20th century, with shows such as Hello, Dolly! set in the 1880s and Mack & Mabel in the 1910s, so he was able to make use of Sousa-like marches, ragtime, and Tin Pan Alley-style music for Mrs. Santa Claus. The show is set in 1910 and recounts the title character's visit to the Lower East Side of New York. Herman was also known for his ability to write for middle-aged female characters, as he did effectively in Milk and Honey, Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and Dear World. Two of those shows starred Angela Lansbury, and Lansbury was back as the middle-aged Mrs. Santa Claus. Not surprisingly, then, the score had a very familiar sound to Herman's fans. "Avenue A," for one song, could have come right out of Hello, Dolly!, and other songs were not so much in the Christmas spirit, as in the Herman spirit. In fact, there wasn't a lot of Christmas in the piece. According to the plot, a neglected Mrs. Claus takes off with the reindeer and sleigh prior to Christmas and finds herself temporarily stranded in New York, where she encounters issues of multiculturalism, women's rights, and union organizing that seem more redolent of the 1990s than the 1910s. There is also, of course, a romantic subplot. Lansbury has plenty of songs well-suited to her voice. And all turns out well in the end. The score is minor Herman, but suggested that he retained his talent for pleasant, melodic show tunes.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/26/1996
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266866526
catalogNumber:
68665

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Overture
  2. Seven Days 'til Christmas
  3. Mrs. Santa Claus
  4. Avenue a
  5. Avenue a (Reprise)
  6. A Tavish Toy
  7. Almost Young
  8. Almost Young (Reprise)
  9. Suffragette March
  10. We Don't Go Together at All
  11. Whistle
  12. Dear Mrs. Santa Claus
  13. Whistle (Reprise)
  14. He Needs Me
  15. The Best Christmas of All

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Durning   Track Performer
Bob Adcock   Cello
D.C. Anderson   Track Performer
Dale Anderson   Percussion
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
William Booth   Trombone
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Darius Campo   Violin
Gene Cipriano   Woodwind
Mathew Cooker   Cello
Larry Corbett   Cello
Assa Drori   Violin
Kirstin Fife   Violin
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Carl Fortina   Accordion
George Graham   Trumpet
Endre Granat   Violin
Gwen Heller   Violin
Dan Higgins   Woodwind
Ron Jannelli   Woodwind
Michael Jeter   Track Performer
Marni Johnson   French Horn
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Larry Kenton   Track Performer
Darlene Koldenhoven   Track Performer
Steve La Fever   Bass
Michael Lang   Piano,Keyboards
Charles Loper   Trombone
David Low   Cello
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Suzette Moriarty   French Horn
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Barbara Northcutt   Woodwind
Nick Perito   Accordion
Bob Sanov   Violin
Alan Steinberger   Piano,Keyboards
David Stenske   Viola
Sheridon Stokes   Woodwind
Kimiyo Takeya   Violin
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Albie Berk   Drums
Angela Lansbury   Track Performer
Gayle Levant   Harp
Leslie Woodbury   Violin
Rhonni Hallman   Violin
John Walz   Cello
Renita Koven   Viola
Dawn Dover   Violin
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Carolyn Osborn   Violin
Dana Kelley   French Horn
Mimi Granat   Viola
Emily Bernstein   Woodwind
Bryan Murray   Track Performer
Rose Corrigan   Woodwind
Vanessa Vandergriff   Track Performer
Stacy Sullivan   Track Performer
Kristi Lynes   Track Performer
Fred W. Greene   Tuba
Bob Becker   Viola
Terrence Mann   Track Performer
Ross Deroche   Tuba
Lynsey Bartilson   Track Performer
Grace Keagy   Track Performer
Sabrina "Dorinda" Bryan   Track Performer
Geoff Koch   Track Performer
Mitchah "Genesis" Williams   Track Performer
Linda Kerns   Track Performer
Kaylyn Blank   Track Performer
David Norona   Track Performer
Jamie Torcellini   Track Performer
Kenneth Kugler   Trombone
Steven Holtman   Trombone
Pam Gates   Violin

Technical Credits

Jerry Herman   Producer,Executive Producer
Don Pippin   Producer,Executive Producer,Musical Director
Dennis Dreith   Orchestration
John Richards   Engineer
Larry Blank   Orchestration
Richard Dombrowski   Art Direction
Mark Salzman   Liner Notes
David Krane   Arranger

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