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Photo Flash: 'The Baker's Wife' in York Theatre Rehearsal

The York Theatre Company presents The Baker's Wife as the fourth and final show in the Fall 2007 Musicals in Mufti Series - the York's acclaimed series of musical theatre gems in staged concert performances. This Series celebrates the work of playwright Joseph SteinNote: Performances are sold-out on Friday, October 26 and Sunday, October 28.  Tickets are available for the Saturday performances.

The Baker's Wife will play October 26 at 8PM, October 27 at 2:30PM & 8PM and October 28 at 2:30PM & 7:30PM at the Theatre at Saint Peters (54th Street, Just East of Lexington Ave). Audience discussions follow both matinees Tickets are $35. To purchase tickets, visit www.yorktheatre.org or call York's Box Office at 212-935-5820. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 10AM-6PM.

The Baker's Wife (book by Joseph Stein, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz) will feature: Renee Elise Goldsberry, Rick Crom and Betsy DiLellio with Lenny Wolpe, Max von Essen, Kevin Cahoon and Gay Marshall. The cast also includes Wendi Bergamini, Jacque Carnahan, Joy Franz, Laurent Giroux, Mitchell Greenberg, Michael Medeiros, John O'Creagh, Richard Pruitt, David Rossmer, Maureen Silliman and Clinton Zugel.

The Baker's Wife will be directed by Gordon Greenberg who directed this show at The Paper Mill Playhouse in 2005. He also directed the recent Pirates! at The Paper Mill as well as Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris off Broadway. Mark Hartman (Avenue Q, York's Bajour) is the Music Director. The Baker's Wife, with book by Joseph Stein and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, is based on the film "La Femme de Boulanger" by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono.  

"The Baker's Wife is a love story set in the French town of Concorde, where the people have been without a baker for six weeks and are filled with anticipation at the arrival of master baker Aimable Castagnie. The baker and his wife arrive, but when Aimable's wife runs off with a young villager, Aimable cannot accept the truth.  At first the villagers make fun of the baker's situation until his goodness forces them to open their hearts and try to help him," explain press notes.

The Baker's Wife plays five performances: Friday October 26 at 8PM; Saturday October 27 at 2:30PM & 8PM; and Sunday October 28 at 2:30PM & 7:30PM. Audience discussions follow both matinees. Tickets are $35 and are now on sale. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.yorktheatre.org or call York's Box Office at 212-935-5820.  The box office is open Monday-Friday, 10-6.

Photos by Ben Strothmann

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.