A slice of romantic comedy is served up in a rarely seen musical by Wicked’s Stephen Schwartz that opens at London’s Drayton Arms Theatre next week.
The Baker’s Wife is a gourmet sandwich delight that’s packed with charm, humour and romance – plus some cracking songs – despite being one of the songwriter’s lesser known works.
And there’s a whole loaf of talent baked into this Oh La La French fancy.
Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics while the book is by Joseph Stein and based on the award-winning 1938 film comedy, La Femme du Boulanger, by Marcel Pagnol which, in turn, was from a book by Jean Giono.
Set in 1930s rural France, this is the story of a bickering village that has been struggling without bread since the death of its baker.
When Aimable and his younger wife Genevieve arrive to re-open the bakery, the villagers think that all of their problems are over.
But when Genevieve is lured away by passionate desire, it is up to all of the inhabitants to work together to put the heart – and bread – back into their community.
This delightful gem features a characteristically witty and tuneful score from composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell), capturing a truly French feel, and pairing that with clever lyrics to fit the lively characters.
Producer Elizabeth Chadwick, who also appears in the musical, said: “The Baker’s Wife is a musical comedy, two of my favourite things, so working on this show is a joy.
“The Baker’s Wife explores real emotions and problems and how they are overcome, which works so well in an intimate setting.
“The production team have had great fun using innovative designs and ideas to bring this fantastic show to life in the fringe theatre, The Drayton Arms.”
Director Marc Kelly added: “I could not be more excited to bring this show to London again.
“It is one of Schwartz best, yet underrated scores and we hope to provide it with the perfect setting and cast”.
Cast: Gary Bland, Holli Paige Farr, Adam Redford, Elizabeth Chadwick, Angus McIntyre, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Oliver Jacobson, Blair Robertson, Matthew Whitby, Aron Trausti, Amy Lawton, Danielle Bond and Lauren Harvey.
MKEC Productions’ The Baker’s Wife runs at the Kensington theatre from June 16-July 4.