In "The Schwartz Scene," an e-mail newsletter to Stephen Schwartz fans, the Tony-nominated composer writes, "Joe Stein and I have also done a little further sprucing up of The Baker's Wife, preparatory to next year's Paper Mill Playhouse production. Basically, we were very happy with the version done a couple of seasons ago at Goodspeed, but we felt we could still improve the writing of the relationship between the characters of Genevieve and Dominique. So Joe did some scene revisions, and I wrote some new lyrics (yet again) for 'Proud Lady.'" The cult favorite The Baker's Wife — the Broadway-bound musical that never quite made it to Broadway — will be mounted at the Paper Mill April 13-May 22. The Schwartz-Stein musical, which features the cabaret classic "Meadowlark," will be directed by Gordon Greenberg. Based on the film "La Femme du Boulanger" by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono, the musical's original cast included Paul Sorvino as the Baker and Patti LuPone in the title role.
Lenny Wolpe, who has appeared in several Paper Mill productions, will play the Baker in the New Jersey theatre's mounting of the little-produced musical. Wolpe is no stranger to the show, having played the role of the Baker in the Goodspeed's recent production. The part of his wife, originated by Tony winner LuPone, has yet to be cast.
The Paper Mill Playhouse is located on Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ. Call (973) 376-4343 for more information or visit www.papermill.org.