Law Drama Club presents 'The Baker's Wife' this weekend

The Jonathan Law High School Drama Club will present its second annual summer benefit production, The Baker’s Wife, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and based on a book by Joseph Stein, this weekend.

The show will take place Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 23 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Jonathan Law High School auditorium at 20 Lansdale Avenue.

Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors citizens. For tickets call 914-439-6405.

The show is directed by Michael R. Mele, with musical direction by Nick Weiser.

Old world charm permeates every moment of The Baker’s Wife, described as “a true gem of a music by legendary authors Joseph Stein of Fiddler on the Roof and Stephen Schwartz  of Godspell, Wicked and Pippin, based on the French film La Femme du Boulanger by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono.”

“It boasts a beautiful score. One of Schwartz’s most delightful, this romantic musical has developed a loyal following for its lush score featuring such tunes as Gifts of Love, Proud Lady and the cabaret staple Meadowlark,” according to a production press release.

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 in a musical comedy about jealousy, lust, revenge and forgiveness.

The bickering residents of a rural village in Provence, France in 1935 have been without a baker for seven weeks. A new baker arrives in a rural French village just in time to ease the pains of the contentious villagers.

All is well and everyone’s spirits are rising until Genevieve, the baker’s young wife, is lured away by a handsome young man, and the middle-aged baker loses all zest for life and baking. The baker is driven to distraction and refuses to bake again.

The villagers suffer the fate of breadlessness once again. To avoid yet more chaos, the villagers quickly join forces and work as a team in order to bring harmony to their quaint town and to bring Aimable and Genevieve back together.

All proceeds benefit the Jonathan Law High School Drama Club Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a graduating senior.

The show features a cast of Law staff, students, alumni, parents and community members.