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Debra Messing

Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Debra Messing is best known for her role on NBC's Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated comedy series "Will & Grace." This January, NBC ordered ten episodes of a "Will & Grace" revival with the entire original creative team, which is scheduled to air during the 2017-18 television season.

Messing starred in the NBC series "The Mysteries of Laura," which premiered in 2014. In 2012 and 2013, Messing starred as Julia Houston in NBC's "Smash," a musical drama about the creation of a new Broadway show.

In 2014, Messing made her own Broadway debut in the Tony Award-nominated production of John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullingar.

Other theater credits include Donald Marguiles' Pulitzer Prize finalist Collected Stories, and Paul Rudnick's Off-Broadway play The Naked Truth.

Messing's film work includes the box office hit Along Came Polly and The Wedding Date. Messing starred in The Women and the family comedy, Nothing Like The Holidays. She also co-starred in Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending, and The Mothman Prophecies. Messing won a Best Featured Actress Award for her work in the 2015 Indie drama Like Sunday Like Rain. In 2017, Messing will star as Marjorie Houseman in ABC's three-hour remake of Dirty Dancing, premiering May 24th. Messing is the Global Health Ambassador for Population Services International (PSI) focusing on HIV/AIDS. She has traveled extensively in Africa in this role and in 2010 testified before the House Foreign Affairs sub-committee on Africa and Global Health. She was also a key speaker at the 2012 AIDS conference in DC. Other charities Messing supports include HRC (Human Rights Campaign), Everytown for Gun Safety, and Joyful Heart Foundation. She was honored with The Trevor Life Award for her contributions to the LGBT community.

Messing attended Brandeis University and received her MFA from NYU. She resides in New York.

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Roundabout Theatre Company Original Broadway Production, 2022
Ernestine Ashworth

Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2014

Lisa Morrison

Lynette Marshall

Brenda/ Collette (Understudy)

Brenda/ Collette (Understudy)

Debra Messing Movies

[1995]A Walk in the Clouds Betty Sutton

[1997]McHale's Navy Lt. Penelope Carpenter

[1998]Celebrity TV Reporter at Lupus Office

[2002]The Mothman Prophecies Mary Klein

[2002]Hollywood Ending Lori

[2004]Garfield Arlene

[2004]Along Came Polly Lisa Kramer

[2005]The Wedding Date Kat Ellis

[2006]Open Season Beth

[2007]Purple Violets Kate Scott

[2007]Lucky You Suzanne Offer

[2008]The Women Edie Cohen

[2008]Nothing Like the Holidays Sarah Rodriguez

[2014]Like Sunday, Like Rain Barbara

[2016]Albion: The Enchanted Stallion The Queen

[2018]Searching Detective Vick

[2020]The Dark Divide Thea Pyle

[2022]13: The Musical Jessica

[2022]Bros Debra Messing

Debra Messing TV Shows

Ned and Stacey Stacey Colbert

Nightcap Debra Messing

NYPD Blue Dana Abandando

Seinfeld Beth Lukner

Smash Julia Houston

The Mysteries of Laura Laura Diamond

Will & Grace Grace Adler

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It’s time to visit your Broadway happy place. The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will return to the heart of New York City’s Theater District with unique collectables, unparalleled experiences and celebrated stars on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Video: Randy Rainbow Says Don't Arraign on Trump's Parade

Funny Girl meets Trump's legal woes in Randy Rainbow's latest parody! This time, he spoofs the classic 'Don't Rain on My Parade' with 'Don't Arraign on His Parade'. Watch below! 

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Top stories include a first look at rehearsals for The Wiz, and Eva Noblezada takes her final bows in Hadestown. Plus, The Wiz has found its Dorothy in newcomer Nichelle Lewis. Read more about these and other top stories here!

Playing On Air Reveals Summer 2023 Season Of Audio Plays Featuring John Patrick Shanley, Debra Messing & More

Playing on Air has revealed its Summer 2023 podcast season, featuring an exciting lineup of nine audio plays curated and produced by Founder and Consulting Director Claudia Catania.

Wake Up With BWW 6/29: CAMELOT Closing, RENT at Kennedy Center Cast, and More!

Top stories: Rent at Kennedy Center casting (Ali Stroker, Myles Frost, Jimmie Herrod, Andrew Barth Feldman, and Alex Boniello), plus Camelot will close next month, and more!

Photos: Debra Messing Reunites with WILL & GRACE Co-Star Sean Hayes at GOODNIGHT, OSCAR!

Check out photos of Debra Messing visiting Will & Grace co-star Sean Hayes at Good Night, Oscar on Broadway!

Photos: Debra Messing, Steve Buscemi, Crystal Lucas-Perry and More Turn Out For THE FEARS Opening Night

Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (sex, lies, and videotape, Traffic, Erin Brockovich), makes his New York City theatrical producing debut with the World Premiere of The Fears, a new play by Emma Sheanshang. See photos from opening night!

Video: Randy Rainbow Sings 'Welcome to DeSantis'

Let go (go, go) of the past now and say 'hello' to Randy Rainbow's latest parody! In this video, he spoofs Hairspray's 'Welcome to the 60s' with 'Welcome to DeSantis'.

New Immersive Exhibit At The Paley Center For Media Honors 25th Anniversary Of Iconic TV Series WILL & GRACE

The Paley Center for Media announced Paley Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Will & Grace, an immersive must-see exhibition at its iconic Paley Museum, in honor of the series' milestone anniversary, as the centerpiece of its annual celebration of Pride Month.

Photos: Go Inside The Hollywood Museum's Mother's Day Tribute to MOTION PICTURE MOTHERS

The Hollywood Museum played host to a spectacular photo exhibit, for Mother's Day to pay homage to the matriarchs of the MOTION PICTURE MOTHERS organization and the most celebrated working moms in entertainment with loving and amusing images with their families. Check out photos from the event here!

Photos: Ariana DeBose, Lauren Reid, and More Honored at the WP Women of Achievement Awards

WP Theater’s 2023 Gala, Celebrating Extraordinary Achievement By Women+ Artists and Industry Leaders, was held last night, May 8. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos here!

World Premiere of Ken Ludwig's MORIARTY: A NEW SHERLOCK HOLMES ADVENTURE is Coming to Cleveland Play House

Cleveland Play House will bring its 2022-2023 season to a close with the world premiere production of Ken Ludwig's Moriarty: A New Sherlock Holmes Adventure. Running April 29 through May 21 in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square.

Video: Randy Rainbow Takes a Jolly Holiday with George Santos

'This might be the gayest thing to happen for George Santos since he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical...' Randy Rainbow tweeted about his latest video. Watch the full parody of 'Jolly Holiday' from Mary Poppins and 'Georgy Girl' by The Seekers here!

Ariana DeBose & Lauren Reid to be Honored at WP Theater's 2023 Gala

Ariana DeBose will be presented with the Trailblazer Award, and Lauren Reid will be honored with the Ceiling Breaker Award at WP Theater's 2023 Annual Gala. See details about the event!

Concord Theatricals Acquires Licensing Rights For Noah Haidle's BIRTHDAY CANDLES

Concord Theatricals has secured exclusive worldwide stage licensing rights to Noah Haidle’s Birthday Candles. This tender and funny Broadway hit is now available for performance by professional and amateur theatres.

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Photos: On the Red Carpet of SOME LIKE IT HOT Opening Night

See photos from the opening night red carpet of Some Like It Hot, now playing at the Shubert Theatre.

Algemeiner To Host J100 Gala With Pat Boone, Enes Kanter Freedom & More

The Algemeiner newspaper celebrates their 50th Anniversary with their J100 Gala – this year honoring singer Pat Boone, NBA athlete and activist Enes Kanter Freedom, former Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and philanthropists Ben and Annie Fisher – on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

Debra Messing And John Turturro To Star in PLAYING ON AIR 10th Anniversary Benefit Celebration

On Sunday, December 4, 2022, theater podcast Playing on Air invites you to join acclaimed actors Debra Messing ('Will & Grace') and John Turturro ('Severance,' 'The Night Of') in a live afternoon performance at Playing on Air's 10th Anniversary Benefit Celebration at 54 Below!

Interview: Broadway Encyclopedia Seth Rudetsky Next Matches Musical Wits With Lillias White

Broadway pianist/ composer/ all-around host Seth Rudetsky returns to The Wallis with his signature concert series, this time with Tony Award winner Lillias White November 3, 2022. The always working Seth managed to spare a few moments to answer some of my queries.


Debra Messing's next show will be Birthday Candles which opens on 4/10/2022 on Broadway.

Debra Messing has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Debra Messing has not appeared in the West End

Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Birthday Candles .

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