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Birthday Candles

March 18 - May 29, 2022

A brand new play by acclaimed playwright Noah Haidle, directed by Vivian Benesch!

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Also starring Emmy Award winner Andre Braugher!

Debra Messing, the beloved star of Will & Grace, is heading back to Broadway as she stars in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Birthday Candles. Penned by Noah Haidle, a writer with "freewheeling ambition" (New York Times), Birthday Candles marks the writer's Broadway debut and will play for a limited Broadway run next spring at the American Airlines Theatre. Birthday Candles will be directed by Obie Award winner Vivian Benesch.

Messing stars as Ernestine Ashworth who on the eve of her 17th Birthday is anguishing over her apparent insignificance in the world. As Ernestine hits her 18th birthday, then her 47th, 70th, and 101st Birthday Candles explores how the seemingly insignificant parts of our lifetimes mold together to make the ordinary extraordinary. 

Debra Messing

First rising to fame for her Emmy winning turn in late 90s NBC sitcom Will & Grace. Going onto star in countless movies and TV shows (SMASH, Wedding Date, Along Came Polly) Debra Messing made her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated play Outside Mullingar in 2014.  Alongside her Emmy Award Messing has been nominated for a whopping nine Golden Globe Awards!

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Opening night: 18 March 2022

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You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

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Debra Messing as Ernestine Ashworth
Andre Braugher as Matt
Enrico Colantoni as Kenneth
Crystal Finn as Joan/Alex/Beth
Susannah Flood as Alice/Madeline/Ernie
Christopher Livingston as Billy/John


Written by Noah Haidle
Directed by Vivian Benesch

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