CHRIS JONES, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
AYANNA PRESCOD, VARIETY
Emmy Award winner Debra Messing (Will & Grace) comes home to Broadway in the poignant and funny new hit play about the extraordinary moments that make up one woman’s ordinary life.
Messing leads a remarkable cast 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, an infinity of dreams, and one cake baked over a century.
This “true gift” of a play (Variety) will take you through the highlights and heartbreaks of 90 years in 90 minutes. As the Daily News says, “Messing is extraordinarily moving. It’s truly a must-see show.”
Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes, no intermission.
Birthday Candles Cast
- Debra Messing
- Enrico Colantoni
- John Earl Jelks
- Crystal Finn
- Susannah Flood
- Christopher Livingston
- u/s Ernestine
- Kate Hampton
- u/s Billy/John
- Brandon J. Pierce
- u/s Matt/William
- Thomas Silcott
- u/s Kenneth
- Stephen Barker Turner
- u/s Joan/Alex/Beth, Alice/Madeline/Ernie
- Arielle Yoder
Check out exclusive interviews and features
Discover the artists and history behind Birthday Candles in the Upstage Playgoer’s Guide.
Learn more about the history of the production and its creators through a lively discussion with Roundabout Teaching Artists.
- Alec Baldwin
James Costa and John Archibald
Linda L. D’Onofrio
Peggy and Mark Ellis
Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater
Lauren and Danny Stein
Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
The Tow Foundation
Major support for Birthday Candles generously provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
Birthday Candles was originally commissioned and produced by Detroit Public Theatre (Detroit, MI; Producing Artistic Directors: Courtney Burkett, Sarah Clare Corporandy and Sarah Winkler).
Birthday Candles was developed as part of Chautauqua Theater Company’s New Play Workshop series, 2017, underwritten by the Roe Green Foundation.
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