On Oct. 11, the Round Barn Theatre in Nappanee, IN, will host the Indiana premiere of the musical comedy, The Baker's Wife, with libretto by Joseph Stein (Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, Rags, Zorba) and score by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, lyrics to Pocahontas).
The evening will mark a more significant event, however, with the renaming of the Round Barn Theatre in honor of Stein.
Stein visited Round Barn in 1995 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Plain and Fancy's Broadway opening. The musical, about life among the Pennsylvania Dutch, reportedly has played more than 2,000 performances at Round Barn. With a score by Tony Award-winning composer Albert Hague (Redhead), Plain and Fancy was Stein's first show.
In 1997-98, Round Barn will present a repertory season of six musicals in addition to Plain and Fancy, including Zorba, another of Stein's works, based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.
The Baker's Wife will run through Nov. 2 at the Round Barn theatre. For tickets or more information about this or other productions at this theatre, call 800-800-4942, or visit the regional listings on Playbill On-Line. -- By Jackie Mastropolo