Birthday Candles Broadway

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.

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017
Vivienne Benesch, Producing Artistic Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, is the recipient of the 2017 Zelda Fichandler Award, given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017
Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) announces that Vivienne Benesch, of Playmakers Repertory Theater (Chapel Hill, NC), is the recipient of the 2017 Zelda Fichandler Award.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2018
Casting is complete for the three "developmental productions" featured in Goodman Theatre's 15th annual New Stages Festival-a free celebration of new works by some of the country's finest established and emerging playwrights. These three plays, which are staged in repertory following two weeks of rehearsal, include There's Always the Hudson by Paola Lazaro-Muñoz, directed by Jess McLeod; Felons and Familias by Sandra Delgado, directed by Marcela Muñoz; and Graveyard Shift by Korde Arrington Tuttle, directed by Danya Taymor. Developmental productions are designed by Kevin Depinet (Set), Noel Huntzinger (Costumes for There's Always the Hudson and Graveyard Shift), Birgit Rattenborg Wise (Costumes for Felons and Familias), Jesse Klug (Lights) and Richard Woodbury (Sound).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2017
The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol has announced its second season, featuring four scripts that share a common theme: Commitment.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017
A new line-up of plays and much more were revealed at Centaur Theatre's 49th season launch this afternoon.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2015
Company by Stephen Sondheim is regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and is the winner of 7 TONY Awards included Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics, and Best Book. Company features many of Sondheim's best known songs, including 'Ladies Who Lunch,' 'Being Alive,' and 'Side by Side by Side.' Directed by Carolyn Choe, with Musical Director Annie Cook, this event is one you're not going to want to miss.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015
Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY is currently playing Out of Box Theatre in Marietta, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017
The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol has announced its second season, featuring four scripts that share a common theme: Commitment.
by Marakay Rogers - May 27, 2016
What starts as an homage to Dario Argento ends weakly, with style victorious over substance. Unlike its inspiration, it doesn't all hang together.
by BWW Special Coverage - May 26, 2017
As the Tony Awards approach, and New York's other prestigious awards are being handed out, what better time to dive into some of Broadway's best productions ever captured on film. In BroadwayHD's vast library, they have countless award-winning productions ready to stream.  We have pulled together some of our favorites below. Check them out and don't forget to vote in the 15th Annual Theater Fans' Choice Awards. After you have voted for your favorite shows, designs, and performances of the season, you will receive a code for one free month of BroadwayHD as a thank you. 
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018
Let Me Talk My Dreams introduces audiences to Margo, the real life Dallas-based theatre legend and innovator. This one-woman show weaves Margo's own words and those of her loved ones to illuminate her passion, humor, and tornado-like energy. This engaging and interactive experience will give audiences a dynamic account of how Jones shaped Dallas theatrical history, as well as the history of theatre in America, all while witnessing the private struggles she hid behind her invincible smile.
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2018
Let Me Talk My Dreams introduces audiences to Margo, the real life Dallas-based theatre legend and innovator. This one-woman show weaves Margo's own words and those of her loved ones to illuminate her passion, humor, and tornado-like energy. This engaging and interactive experience will give audiences a dynamic account of how Jones shaped Dallas theatrical history, as well as the history of theatre in America, all while witnessing the private struggles she hid behind her invincible smile.
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016
Actor's Express opens its 2016-2017 season with a modern take on Stephen Sondheim's game-changing musical Company.
by Julie Yolles - May 10, 2018
Truth be told, you'd think that a Princeton and Juilliard grad who's had 15 plays professionally produced, wrote a film that starred Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin; has TV series lined up with HBO and one already in production for Showtime starring Jim Carrey would have had a solid career destiny since the get-go.  Not so says Noah Haidle.
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016
Atlanta cabaret legend Libby Whittemore closes out her seventh year of Libby's at the Express with a salute to the 1970s. One of the most musically varied decades in recent history, Whittemore visited this era through song twice last season.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2018
Long Wharf Theatre, under the direction of Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, presents Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, directed by Brendon Fox.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2019
The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg / American Theatre Critics Association 2019 New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2019
Flint Repertory Theatre Presents THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams starring Janet Haley as Amanda Wingfield, Directed by Producing Artistic Director Michael Lluberes. Performances begin Friday, April 5 and run through Sunday, April 14. Tickets are on sale now.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2019
Flint Repertory Theatre presents 'THE GLASS MENAGERIE' by Tennessee Williams starring Janet Haley as Amanda Wingfield, Directed by Producing Artistic Director Michael Lluberes. Performances begin Friday April 5 and runs through Sunday April 14. Tickets are now on sale.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 18, 2015
The highly anticipated musical, The Visit, will begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) on Thursday, March 26 with an Opening Night set for Thursday, April 23. The cast is led by Tony Award® Winners Chita Rivera as Claire Zachannassian and Roger Rees as Anton Schell. John Kander, who wrote the music for the show, just celebrated his 88th birthday, and the company treated him to a birthday surprise during a break in rehearsal. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there, and you can go inside the festivities below!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017
A new line-up of plays and much more were revealed at Centaur Theatre's 49th season launch this afternoon.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017
Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the new Artistic Direction of Andrew Borba and continued leadership of Managing Director Sarah Clare Corporandy, kicks off its 34th season with Noises Off by Michael Frayn, directed by Borba.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016
Actor's Express announces its 29th Season including two Tony Award winners and three Atlanta premieres. The season opens July 30 with a modern take on Stephen Sondheim's game-changing musical Company directed by Actor's Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley (Sweeney Todd, Rent). In the fall, Actor's Express will produce the Atlanta premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' raucous dark comedy Appropriate, a standout at the 2013 Humana Festival of New American Plays. A visceral new production of Arthur Miller's classic American drama The Crucible kicks off 2017 followed by the Atlanta premiere of The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, a music-filled comedy about an Elvis impersonator turned drag queen. The season will close with the Pulitzer Prize finalist Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), Suzan-Lori Parks' epic trilogy about a slave's journey to freedom during the Civil War.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017
Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the new Artistic Direction of Andrew Borba and continued leadership of Managing Director Sarah Clare Corporandy, kicks off its 34th season with Noises Off by Michael Frayn, directed by Borba.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2019
Roundabout Theatre Company announces Rewards By Roundabout offering an opportunity for all Roundabout customers to earn points to see more of the company's Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, for free. Enrollment begins today; eligible tickets can be purchased for shows in Roundabout's 2019-2020 season, including The Rose Tattoo and Scotland, PA, which go on sale Friday, July 19.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016
Atlanta cabaret legend Libby Whittemore closes out her seventh year of Libby's at the Express with a salute to the 1970s. One of the most musically varied decades in recent history, Whittemore visited this era through song twice last season.
by Stephanie Wild - Jun 18, 2019
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Debra Messing returns to Broadway, first look at the West Side Story cast, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2019
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is thrilled to announce the newest addition to the artistic team: Directing Fellow Cristina Angeles. Angeles is the fourth Roundabout Directing Fellow; this season she will assist on Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, work with the theatre's artistic team as a script reader, and use Roundabout's resources to develop her own projects.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2019
Roundabout Theatre Company just announced the New York premiere of Birthday Candles, marking the Broadway debut of playwright Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2018
The Tank (Rosalind Grush and Meghan Finn, Artistic Directors) present the world premiere of COREY AND VANESSA PRESENT AN ALL-FEMALE EDUCATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION OF OF MICE AND MEN, a new devised play directed by Alex Randrup and created in collaboration with Siena Zoe Allen, Emily Auciello, Samantha Clark, and Bonita Jackson.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2019
Heritage Theatre Festival is celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of America's most beloved movies by producing the play that started it all - Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2016
Actor's Express announces its 29th Season including two Tony Award winners and three Atlanta premieres.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2016
Atlanta cabaret legend Libby Whittemore closes out her seventh year of Libby's at the Express with a salute to the 1970s. One of the most musically varied decades in recent history, Whittemore visited this era through song twice last season.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2019
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is pleased to announce full casting for of the world premiere of the new musical Scotland, PA, featuring a book by Michael Mitnick, music & lyrics by Adam Gwon, directed by Lonny Price and choreographed by Josh Rhodes.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016
With music and lyrics Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth, Company tells the story of Robert, turning thirty-five and still single, living in New York City. Surrounded by friends, all of whom have coupled off, he confronts his perpetual bachelorhood in a series of hilarious interactions...just in time to blow out his birthday candles. This game-changing musical gets a modern makeover in AE's Season 29 opener with unforgettable renditions of some of Sondheim's best-known songs, including 'Being Alive.'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2017
???????Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba and Managing Director Sarah Clare Corporandy, is honored to open Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III. Detroit '67 will run July 21- 30th at Bratton Theater at the Chautauqua Institution. Tickets are $35 and are currently on sale.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2017
???????Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba and Managing Director Sarah Clare Corporandy, is honored to open Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III. Detroit '67 will run July 21- 30th at Bratton Theater at the Chautauqua Institution. Tickets are $35 and are currently on sale.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2017
???????Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba and Managing Director Sarah Clare Corporandy, is honored to open Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III. Detroit '67 will run July 21- 30th at Bratton Theater at the Chautauqua Institution. Tickets are $35 and are currently on sale.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016
Actor's Express opens its 2016-2017 season with a modern take on Stephen Sondheim's game-changing musical Company. After his acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd last season, Actor's Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley will direct the funny and incisive comedy with a 'reignited love for Sondheim. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in character below!
by Review Roundups - Jan 8, 2017
Andrew Upton's new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play, Platonov, The Present opens tonight at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017. THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, each making their Broadway debut, including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail).
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2018
Long Wharf Theatre, under the direction of Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, presents Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Comic Mystery, directed by Brendon Fox.
by TV Scoop - Feb 20, 2019
Get all the scoop on Coming Up on a New Episode of THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, airing on ABC on Tuesday, February 26, 2019!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017
Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba and Managing Director Sarah Clare Corporandy, will continue its support of new play development with the 2017 New Play Workshop of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, directed by Vivienne Benesch.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2018
The Public Theater announces complete for the New York premiere of MOTHER OF THE MAID, written by Emmy Award winner Jane Anderson.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2018
This fall, Goodman Theatre presents its New Stages Festival-a free annual celebration and discovery of new plays by some of the country's finest established and emerging playwrights. Audiences experience a first look at seven new works-including three fully staged developmental productions (performed in repertory) There's Always the Hudson by Paola Lazaro-Muñoz; Felons and Familias by Sandra Delgado; Graveyard Shift by Korde Arrington Tuttle. In addition, four staged readings appear during the last weekend of the festival (October 4-7) including The Wizards by Ricardo Gamboa; Between Covers by Sarah Schulman; Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle; and Cressida on Top by Paula Vogel.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2019
"Cambodian Rock Band" by Lauren Yee has been named the winner of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2019
Flint Repertory Theatre presents "THE GLASS MENAGERIE" by Tennessee Williams starring Janet Haley and Michael Lopetrone. Directed by Producing Artistic Director Michael Lluberes. Performances are Friday April 5 through Sunday April 14. Tickets are now on sale.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016
Actor's Express announces its 29th Season including two Tony Award winners and three Atlanta premieres.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017
Detroit Public Theatre's (DPT) third season kicks off September 28, 2017 with a Detroit premiere and ends with its first-ever commissioned work - a new play that will make its world debut on the DPT stage inside the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.