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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.
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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March 18th, 2022
May 29th, 2022
American Airlines Theatre
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