Bakers Wife, The

A gently bittersweet and offbeat fable of life, love and bread.

Bakers Wife, The


Keyboard 1
Keyboard 2


A gently bittersweet and offbeat fable of life, love and bread.


The licensed version is based on the 2005 Papermill Playhouse production.

This show is orchestrated to be stick conducted from the podium although many of our clients have had success conducting from the Key 1 book. There are a total of 2 keyboard books in this show both of which have programming.

Keyboard 1 has just a handful of patches and these can be easily programmed yourself if you have a modern synthesizer or keyboard that has onboard sounds. The patches include acoustic piano, bass guitar, celeste, harp, electric piano, fender rhodes, jangle piano, tack piano, and vibes. This is a difficult book to play to it will require an advanced player

Keyboard 2 has much more programming but it is much easier than Key 1. Some of the sounds in the programming include strings, mallet percussion, harp, percussion, sax, harpsichord, DX7, D50, brass, woodwinds, harmonium, and even some banjo. An advanced level high school student could likely navigate this book if they are comfortable with the patch changes while playing.


Book by Joseph Stein; Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

There is not much information about the original West End production that only ran for 56 performances. If you happen to have a Playbill from the original West End production that lists the musicians, please email us at We would love to acknowledge them as well as anyone else on the music team. There was a remount at the Papermill Playhouse in 2005 with Tom Helm as MD and conductor which the MTI version is based on and we welcome any information on that production as well.


Old-world charm permeates every moment of The Baker’s Wife, a true gem of a musical by legendary authors, Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof) and Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked, Pippin). This romantic musical has developed a loyal following for its lush score featuring the song “Meadowlark.”

The bickering residents of a rural village in 1935 Provence, France, 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.


MTI Access Code

If you have obtained the performance rights for this show, please enter the Access Code provided to your organization by MTI to automatically verify your license and proceed to payment. If you do not have this Access Code or have not yet obtained the rights, you can still proceed by choosing your programming and filling out the short form below. You will have an opportunity to upload your contract or have us manually verify your license prior to payment. Once that process is complete, you will receive an email with an invoice and link for payment before receiving download instructions for the programming.

Select Your Programming:

Our keyboard patches require the industry standard MainStage 3® application available only in the Apple App Store. This is only available for Mac computers running MacOS. MainStage® is NOT available for Mac iOS devices such as the iPad. We apologize that our programming is not available for Windows users at this time.

  • Select EACH part/book you would like to license programming for.
  • Each book selected requires a separate computer running MainStage 3®.
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