Birthday Candles

Emmy Award-winning star of "Will & Grace," Debra Messing, returns to the Broadway stage to star in the New York premiere of Birthday Candles, written by Noah Haidle and directed by Vivienne Benesch, as part of Roundabout Theatre Company's 2019-2020 season.

About Birthday Candles:

Debra Messing 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? Birthday Candles is a poignant new play as fearless in scope as it is tremendous in heart.

Noah Haidle
Roundabout Theatre Company
Vivienne Benesch
Cast list:
Debra Messing (as Ernestine Ashworth)
Birthday Candles Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
April 2, 2020
Opening date: 
April 21, 2020
June 21, 2020

American Airlines Theatre - Roundabout Theatre Company

227 West 42nd Street (between 7th & 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
Times Square - 42nd Street station

Latest Birthday Candles News & Features

Debra Messing
Debra Messing will return to Broadway in New York premiere of Birthday Candles
June 18, 2019

Emmy Award winner and 9-time Golden Globe nominee Debra Messing will officially return to Broadway next spring to star in Roundabout Theatre Company's New York premiere of Birthday Candles. Written by Noah Haidle, marking his Broadway debut, and directed by Vivienne Benesch, the new play is set to begin previews at the American Airlines Theatre on April 2, 2020, ahead of an official opening on April 21 and a limited engagement through June 21, 2020.