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

The Baker's Wife | Book Musical, Rated PG | MEDIUM

  • About the Show

    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.

    Performance Group

    High School, University, College, Amateur, Professional

    Casting Information

    Ensemble Cast - Many featured roles, Older Role(s), Showcases trained singers, Star Vehicle - Female, Star Vehicle – Male

    There is an ensemble of Villagers.

    AIMABLE CASTAGNET A middle-aged baker. Jolly and warm-hearted.
    Male, 40-60 yrs old
    Range: Ab2 - E4

    ANTOINE A villager who doesn't think before he speaks. Honest and immature but sincere.
    Male, 20-30 yrs old
    Range: C3 - F4

    BARNABY The surly, old butcher and ungrateful husband to Hortense.
    Male, 30-50 yrs old
    Range: A2 - F4

    CLAUDE Denise's bossy husband and chummy cafe owner.
    Male, 40-60 yrs old
    Range: A2 - F4

    DENISE Settled cafe proprietor and loyal wife to Claude. She feels under-appreciated.
    Female, 30-50 yrs old
    Range: F#3 - F5

    DOMINIQUE The handyman of M. le Marquis. Sexy, self-assured, love-crazed.
    Male, 25-35 yrs old
    Range: B2 - G4

    GENEVIEVE CASTAGNET The unsatisfied baker's wife. A beautiful and caring heroine.
    Female, 25-35 yrs old
    Range: E3 - E5

    HORTENSE The mistreated wife to Barnaby. Soft, faithful, loving.
    Female, 30-50 yrs old
    Range: B3 - F5

    M. LE CURE A priest for the town of Concorde. Steadfast, scrupulous, and an extremist.
    Male, 40-60 yrs old
    Range: C3 - F4

    M. LE MARQUIS The wealthy town Mayor. A well-known womanizer and is highly involved with the community.
    Male, 45-65 yrs old
    Range: B2 - F#4

    M. MARTINE A teacher. Opinionated, educated, well-voiced, and proactive.
    Male, 40-60 yrs old
    Range: B2 - F4

    PHILIPPE Dominique's faithful friend. Plays guitar.
    Male, 18-25 yrs old
    Range: C3 - G4

    THERESE An honest, simplistic spinster with a loving classic nature.
    Female, 30-45 yrs old
    Range: A3 - F5

    Production Material


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