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Birthday Candles Tickets

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About Birthday Candles

Debra Messing (Will & Grace) returns to the stage as Ernestine Ashworth, who spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe.

Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Her 70th. Her 101st. Five generations, dozens of goldfish, an infinity of dreams, one cake baked over a century. What makes a lifetime…into a life?

A writer of "freewheeling ambition" (Charles Isherwood, The New York Times), Noah Haidle makes his Broadway debut with a poignant new play as fearless in scope as it is tremendous in heart.

Start date

March 18th, 2022

End date

May 29th, 2022


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Birthday Candles cast and creative team

By: Noah Haidle
Director: Vivienne Benesch
Producer: Roundabout Theatre Company
Cast list: Debra Messing (as Ernestine Ashworth), Andre Braugher (as Matt), and Enrico Colantoni (as Kenneth), alongside Crystal Finn (as Joan/Alex/Beth), Susannah Flood (as Alice/Madeline/Ernie), and Christopher Livingston (as Billy/John)
Design: Christine Jones
Lighting: Jen Schriever
Costume: Toni-Leslie James
Sound: John Gromada
Other info: Original Music by Kate Hopgood


Todd Haimes Theatre

227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, United States, 10036


Orchestra & Mezzanine levels fully accessible for those with mobility disabilities

More information about Birthday Candles

Celebrate a lifetime of birthdays at Birthday Candles in New York, starring Debra Messing in her return to the Broadway stage. Birthday Candles is a play by Noah Haidle which premiered at Detroit Public Theatre in 2018 under the direction of Vivienne Benesch, who is returning to direct the new Broadway production. Birthday Candles tickets are now on sale.

Starting on her 17th birthday and ending at her 101st, Messing’s character Ernestine Ashworth bakes a singular birthday cake and contemplates what makes life worth living. Tony nominee John Earl Jelks and Veronica Mars TV favorite Enrico Colantoni also star as Matt and Kenneth, Ernestine’s potential prom dates who remain present throughout her life. They are about the only constants in Birthday Candles — as Ernestine ages, the rest of the people in her life change, as do her younger self’s plans to live a free-spirited, rebellious life rather than settle down.

Birthday Candles will feature original music by Kate Hopgood, and the rest of the creative team includes set designer Christine Jones, costume designer Toni-Leslie James, lighting designer Jen Schriever, and sound designer John Gromada.

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What to Watch For

  • Playwright Noah Haidle is making his Broadway debut with this production. He has won three Lincoln Center Lecompte Du Nouy awards, a Claire Tow Award and a Helen Merrill Award for his work over the past two decades.
  • Are you a TV buff? Debra Messing led Will & Grace for 11 seasons as Grace, and she also starred in the Broadway-centric TV series Smash as Julia Houston.
  • TV fans will also recognize Enrico Colantoni, who played the title character’s father in the 2006 Veronica Mars TV series, the 2014 movie, and the 2019 TV reboot. In Birthday Candles, he plays Kenneth, a neighbor and hopeful partner of Messing’s character, Ernestine.
  • Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau played at the Detroit Public Theatre in the same season Birthday Candles premiered. Morisseau, who wrote the book for Ain’t Too Proud on Broadway, brought Skeleton Crew to Broadway this season as well.
  • Time to celebrate! May 12 is the show’s own birthday, as it opened on that date in Detroit. Haidle celebrates his birthday on October 16 and Messing on August 15. Colantoni gets a dual celebration as his birthday falls on February 14, Valentine’s Day.


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