Flashback Friday: Angela Lansbury Is Mrs. Santa Claus in a Little-Known Jerry Herman Musical
Keep an eye on her sleigh.
In anticipation of Christmas on Sunday, we're looking back at one of our favorite obscure holiday films, Mrs. Santa Claus. The 1996 made-for-TV movie-musical stars Angela Lansbury as a Mrs. Claus who's tired of being forgotten about during the holiday season. Stealing her husband's sleigh to work out a new route for him to deliver presents, she accidentally crash-lands on Manhattan's Lower East Side circa 1910 when one of the reindeer gets injured. Over the course of the film, Mrs. Claus learns about social change, women's suffrage, and Judaism, all while singing a tuneful score by Hello, Dolly! and Mame composer-lyricist Jerry Herman. She wants the world to know there's a Mrs. Santa Claus, and we want the world to know that this strange, delightful movie actually exists.