2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG-13
Paper Mill Playhouse Version (2005)
A gently bittersweet and offbeat fable of life, love and bread.
Old world charm permeates every moment of The Baker's Wife, a true gem of a musical by legendary authors Joseph Stein (Fiddler On The Roof) and Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked, Pippin). This romantic musical has developed a loyal following for its lush score featuring the song "Meadowlark."
The bickering residents of a rural village in Provence, France in 1935 have been without a baker for seven weeks. They finally find peace and contentment in the new baker, Aimable, and his attractive young wife, Genevieve. However, when Genevieve is lured away by a handsome young gigolo, the middle-aged baker loses all zest for life and baking. When he refuses to bake, the villagers must work as a team to bring Aimable and Genevieve back together.
This delightful musical showcases a strong ensemble of featured roles and the opportunity for a female star. A lesser-known title, with a tuneful score and witty book, The Baker's Wifeshould turn out to be the "hidden gem" in your season of shows.
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The acclaimed Paper Mill Playhouse production of Children Of Eden (which was compared favorably in the press to The Lion King) used several children in the chorus, who played many of the animals by means of puppetry, costumes and masks, to great effect.