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Birthday Candles is a poignant play that follows the protagonist's journey from teenage days to adulthood. Written by Noah Haidle, this Broadway play beautifully explores the subtle and beautiful aspects of life that remain constant in an ever-changing world. The story spans five generations, uncountable dreams, and one cake baked over a century. Leading the talented cast is Hollywood icon Debra Messing who makes her long-awaited Broadway return. Birthday Candles is a Roundabout Theatre Company production and will begin previews at the American Airlines Theatre on 2 April 2020.

Birthday Candles: About the Show

Birthday Candles originally premiered at the Detroit Public Theatre in 2018. After a successful run in Detroit, the drama is making its way towards Broadway. The show stars Debra Messing of Will and Grace fame. Messing has received seven Golden Globe and four Emmy Award nominations for her role in the iconic comedy. She is supported on-stage by Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andre Braugher and Enrico Colantoni of Veronica Mars fame.

Birthday Candles is directed by Vivienne Benesch with a story by Noah Haidle. The lighting and sound design are done by Jen Schriever and John Gormada respectively. Toni-Leslie Jones has created the costumes and the set has been designed by Christine Jones. With a talented team both on and behind the stage, Birthday Candles is gearing up to be something truly special.

Birthday Candles: Broadway Story

Birthday Candles is the story of Ernestine. When the show opens, she is a 17-year old, helping her mother bake her birthday cake. Ernestine is decidedly rebellious and looks down upon what society considers normal. Her rebel phase dies its natural death and eventually gets married and has kids. It’s at this point if she considers how different her life would be had she chosen an alternative lifestyle.

The show employs a small bell on stage and with every clang, it jumps from one birthday to the next. To make the proceedings interesting, the timeline jumps are not always linear or equal; sometimes the story skips just a year and in another instance, a decade. Birthday Candles follows Ernestine as she grows and matures over more than eighty years, from her 17th birthday to her 101st. Watch the show to find out if Ernestine will succeed in her goal of ‘surprising God’ through a life well-lived?

Birthday Candles Broadway tickets

Practical Info

Show Details

Show Timings

Monday to Friday: 08:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 02:00 PM, 08:00 PM

2 hours and 45 minutes including one intermission

Leading Roles

Debra Messing as Ernestine
André Braugher as Matt
Enrico Colantoni as Kenneth
Crystal Finn as Joan, Alex, and Beth
Susannah Flood as Alice/ Madeline/ Ernie
Christopher Livingston as Billy/John

Directed by

Vivienne Benesch

Written by

Noah Haidle

Music by

Kate Hopgood

Additional Information


Recommended for ages 8+
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theater

Available Facilities

Wheelchair accessible
Coat check
Assistive hearing system
In-house bar

The American Airlines Theatre has a seating capacity of 740 persons.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Birthday Candles is prepping to preview at the American Airlines Theatre on 2 April 2020 with official opening night scheduled for 21 April 2020. The show is set to close on 21 June 2020.

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