The Baker's Wife


The Baker's Wife


Book by  Joseph Stein
Music and Lyrics by  Stephen Schwartz
Based on the film La Femme de Boulanger by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono

Two Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
2005 Paper Mill Version

Old world charm permeates every moment of THE BAKER'S WIFE, a gently bittersweet and offbeat fable of life, love and bread by Joseph Stein and Stephen Schwartz.

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 WIFE should turn out to be the "hidden gem" in your season of shows.


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Composer/Lyricist Frank Loesser met and fell in love with his wife, Jo Sullivan, after casting her as Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella. Their daughter Emily Loesser is now a star of the musical theatre as well.

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