The Baker's Wife


Writers: Joseph Stein Stephen Schwartz


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
Le Femme Du Boulanger by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono
Number of Acts
First Produced
Comedy, Romance
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
French village, 1930s
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Some Dance
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, High School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast, Star Vehicle Female, Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes child, early teen, late teen, young adult, adult, mature adult characters


A charming tale of love and bread in a provincial French village, The Baker’s Wife never reached Broadway, but received favorable reviews and developed a cult following. The story opens with Denise, the cafe owner’s wife, welcoming the audience to their little town where nothing changes, and explaining that they are awaiting the arrival of their new baker. When middle-aged Aimable Castagenet appears, he is treated as a celebrity – and when his young wife Genevieve arrives, she is greeted with wonder, fascination, and a little bit of scorn. The village is curious about how an older man could win such a young woman, and Genevieve herself reveals her own doubts about her life with Aimable. When the Mayor Marquis’ playboy driver, Dominique, flirts with Genevieve and lures her away, Aimable is undone and unable to bake. The village rallies together to find the baker’s wife and bring her home – but is it too late? A sweet little tale from the composer of Pippin, Wicked, and Godspell, The Baker’s Wife is most famous for its music, including “Meadowlark” and “Chanson,” and provides an opportunity for a female voice to soar.

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