Casting Complete for Paper Mill Baker's Wife with Ripley, Wolpe and Von Essen

News   Casting Complete for Paper Mill Baker's Wife with Ripley, Wolpe and Von Essen Complete casting has been announced for the Paper Mill Playhouse's upcoming production of Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife, the musical that spawned the cabaret favorite "Meadowlark."

Joining the previously announced Alice Ripley as Genevieve (the baker's wife), Max von Essen as Dominic and Lenny Wolpe as Amiable (the baker) will be Gay Marshall as Denise and Richard Pruitt as Claude. The ensemble comprises Jacque Carnahan, Jacqueline Colmer, Cynthia Darlow, Kevin Del Aquila, Barry Finkle, Joy Franz, Mitchell Greenberg, Jamie La Verdiere, Michael Mederios, Mary Mossberg, John O’Creagh, Julia Osborne and Clinton Zugle. The Baker's Wife — with a score by Schwartz and a book by Joseph Stein — is based on the Marcel Pagnol-Jean Giono film "La Femme du Boulanger" and will begin performances at the New Jersey theatre April 13. The limited engagement, featuring direction by Gordon Greenberg and choreography by Christopher Gattelli, will play through May 15.

The Baker’s Wife, according to production notes, "is a wry musical comedy about jealousy, lust, revenge and forgiveness. A new baker arrives in a rural French village just in time to ease the pains of the contentious villagers, who have been without bread for weeks. All is well and everyone’s spirits are rising until the baker is driven to distraction and the villagers suffer the fate of breadlessness once again. To avoid yet more chaos, the villagers quickly join forces in order to bring harmony to their quaint town."

Tickets, priced $31-$68, are available by calling (973) 376-4343. The Paper Mill Playhouse is located on Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ. Visit www.papermill.org for more information.

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