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Birthday Candles Summary

  • Show Status: Future
  • Genre: Play
  • Birthday Candles is 2 hours and 20 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Begin: September 6, 2020
  • Show Opens: October 4, 2020
  • Show Closes: January 10, 2021

Debra Messing has returned to Broadway after half a decade in this play delving into themes of existentialism and examining what it truly means to be alive.

Birthday Candles on Broadway Background

Birthday Candles is a play written by Noah Haidle, a playwright best known for his numerous off-broadway productions, including the likes of Smokefall, Saturn Returns and Mr Marmalade. Emmy Award winning actress Debra Messing made her long-awaited return to the Broadway stage after a six year hiatus by being the first star cast in this psychoanalytical play. The Will and Grace star plays the lead role of Ernestine Ashworth, a girl who feels lost and unimportant in the grand scheme of the universe. The show features the directing debut of Broadway actress, Vivienne Benesch, who made her acting debut in the 2004 production of After the Fall. After several off-broadway stints, Benesch has begun to try her hand at directing and take a behind-the-scenes approach to theatre.

What’s Birthday Candles Like?

Birthday Candles follows protagonist Ernestine Ashworth, a 17 year old girl who has fallen into a deep depression over her self-perceived insignificance in the universe. Before she can process the emotions she is feeling, a year goes by in what feels like a blink of an eye. Suddenly years start racing by and Ernestine sees she is not accomplishing what she wanted out of life. While reflecting on the life she lived, Ernestine attempts to finally answer the question of what it means to live.

Is Birthday Candles Good for Kids?

This show focuses on heavy themes of depression and thus may not be suitable for children under the age of 12

Theatre Information

American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 740
Entrance: 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

American Airlines Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

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

Producers

Roundabout Theatre Company

Production Credits

General Manager
Denise Cooper
Casting Director
Jim Carnahan
Production Stage Manager
Jennifer Rae Moore
Press Agent
Polk and Co

Creative Team

Author
Noah Haidle
Director
Vivienne Benesch
Settings
Christine Jones
Costumes
Toni-Leslie James
Lighting
Jen Schriever
Sound
John Gromada
Original Music
Kate Hopgood