"Gifts of Love": Paper Mill's Baker's Wife to Be Preserved for Lincoln Center Archives

News   "Gifts of Love": Paper Mill's Baker's Wife to Be Preserved for Lincoln Center Archives The Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Baker's Wife will soon become part of Lincoln Center’s permanent archives.

A spokesperson for the Stephen Schwartz musical confirmed that the matinee performance on May 12 will be videotaped for the archives at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. The May 12 performance of the Stephen Schwartz-Joseph Stein musical is completely sold out, and the Baker's Wife run will conclude May 15 at 7:30 PM.

Tony-nominated Side Show actress Alice Ripley stars in the title role of The Baker's Wife, which began previews April 13 at the New Jersey theatre. Ripley co-stars with Max von Essen (Dominique) and Lenny Wolpe (the baker Amiable) in the musical, which officially opened April 17. The company also features 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." The limited engagement features direction by Gordon Greenberg and choreography by Christopher Gattelli.

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."

The musical features such tunes as "Gifts of Love," "Proud Lady" and the cabaret staple "Meadowlark." The original ill-fated Broadway-bound production, that never quite made it to Broadway, starred Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone and Paul Sorvino. 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.