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    Noah Haidle’s time-skipping drama transfers to Broadway, exploring one woman’s life over a series of birthdays.

    Will and Grace’s Debra Messing plays one woman from 17 to 101 in Birthday Candles, set to run in New York in 2022. An ambitious and affecting play about time and identity, playwright Noah Haidle’s Broadway debut opens at the American Airlines Theatre.

    Ernestine Ashworth rings in her 17th birthday with an existential crisis. Worried about her place in the world and how to make her time count, Birthday Candles sees Ernestine on her subsequent 18th, 41st and 70th birthdays as she hits familiar milestones, heralds in new generations… and unfailingly bakes a cake from the hand-me-down family recipe. With figures coming and going and decades traversed over one evening, Haidle’s intimate play ponders the question of what truly makes a life.

    Debra Messing is best known for her star turn in Will and Grace on NBC, for which she is a six-time Golden Globe and five-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee. Her previous stage credits include Outside Mullinger and The Naked Truth. She is joined in Birthday Candles by Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as Matt, Enrico Colantoni as Kenneth, Crystal Finn as Joan/Alex/Beth, Susannah Flood as Alice/Madeline/Ernie and Christopher Livingston as Billy/John.

    Playwright Noah Haidle was commissioned to write Birthday Candles by Detroit Public Theatre, where it premiered in 2018. The show’s move to New York marks his Broadway debut, with previous work including Saturn Returns (2008).

    The play is directed by Vivienne Benesch (Producing Artistic Director, PlayMakers Repertory Company), with further cast and creative team to be announced.

    Cycling through the life of one woman whose experience will strike a chord in the hearts of many, Birthday Candles at the American Airlines Theatre is an exciting and touching slice of new writing.

    Sorry this show closed 29 May 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

    Performance dates:
    18 Mar 2022 - 29 May 2022
    Running time:
    1 hour and 30 minutes.
    American Airlines Theatre (See map)
    Age recommendation:
    Best for age 13+

    Latest Audience Reviews

    BroadwayB's avatar
    BroadwayB 08 May 2022

    Perfect for people that are starting to reflect on life and your place in it… for those who are n... More

    johnniedzwiecki's avatar
    johnniedzwiecki 15 Nov 2022

    Absolutely amazing show, every one in the audience was crying. Debra is a champ for acting for ni... More

    Ring515's avatar
    Ring515 20 May 2022

    The acting is very good in this show. The characters play multiple roles at different ages and l... More

    amys6's avatar
    amys6 22 May 2022
    BroadwayB's avatar
    BroadwayB 13 Apr 2022

    Sweet, cute, touching, funny play and adorable set. The cast is great.

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    denisel5 Top 100 reviewer 21 Apr 2022
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