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Starring Debra Messing

A Play by Noah Haidle

Directed by Vivienne Benesch


Final Performance on May 29, 2022 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W 42nd Street)

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.

The BIRTHDAY CANDLES creative team includes Christine Jones (Sets), Toni-Leslie James (Costumes), Jen Schriever (Lights), John Gromada (Sound), Kate hopgood  (Original Music)

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Jeffrey Fauver/ Alana Karpoff / Chaliece Dillon

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