Birthday Candles on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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Birthday Candles Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Play
  • Birthday Candles is 2 hours and 20 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 18, 2022
  • Show Opened : March 21, 2022
  • Show Closed: May 29, 2022

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. Birthday Candles was able to secure Emmy-Award winning actress Debra Messing to play the lead role.

A Return to Stage for Messing and a Directing Debut for Benesch

Messing made her long-awaited return to the Broadway stage in this show, after a six year stage hiatus. The Will and Grace star plays the lead role of Ernestine Ashworth, a birthday 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 is a psychoanalytical play that 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

Todd Haimes Theatre

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

Todd Haimes Theatre Seating Chart

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Birthday Candles Marquee

Cast Members

Ernestine Ashworth
Debra Messing
Andre Braugher
Enrico Colantoni
Crystal Finn
Susannah Flood
Christopher Livingston


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

Noah Haidle
Vivienne Benesch
Christine Jones
Toni-Leslie James
Jen Schriever
John Gromada
Original Music
Kate Hopgood