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Birthday Candles - 2022 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

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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American Airlines Theatre (Broadway)


About the Theatre
(New York, NY)
229 W. 42nd St. Seating Chart
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Featured Reviews For Birthday Candles


‘Birthday Candles’ Review: Debra Messing Stars in a Scrumptious Broadway Production - Variety
The impressive acting, practical set and tailored direction blend well to tell a story that could easily feel flat and predictable. Vivienne Benesch's direction readily elevates Haidle's script, exploring the emotional and unpredictable time-lapse tale of Ernestine's birthdays over the course of 90 years.

Review: ‘Birthday Candles’ on Broadway with Debra Messing is about the pain of loss that time always brings - Chicago Tribune
There are times when director Vivienne Benesch's production, staged on a single setting from Christine Jones, does not fully exploit the epic, metaphysical sense of the writing; transitions are marked by annoying sound cues when we'd be fully aware of what transpires without them. Some moments are rushed, others too broad. But those really are minor quibbles in a truly must-see show that is fully successful when it comes to everything that really matters. Messing didn't pick some revival or obvious showcase for her comedic chops: she strives mightily and beautifully to find her way through a wise and sad drama, just like the character she plays.


 



 

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 16, 2022
Roundabout Theatre Company will conclude the New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch on Sunday, May 29.
by Michael Major - April 25, 2022
Debra Messing sat down with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest this morning to discuss her current Broadway run in Birthday Candles. She discusses the plot of the play and how her character bakes a real cake onstage during every performance. Watch the new interview now!
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 11, 2022
Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch, celebrated opening night at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, May 29, 2022.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 11, 2022
Yesterday, Sunday, April 10, manhole cover explosions in Times Square caused panic among tourists and the exiting opening night audience of Broadway's Birthday Candles.
by Bruce Glikas - April 11, 2022
Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch, celebrated opening night at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway and BroadwayWorld was there to capture photos!
by Bruce Glikas - April 11, 2022
Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch, celebrated opening night and BroadwayWorld was there to capture pictures.
by Bruce Glikas - April 11, 2022
Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch, celebrated opening night at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, May 29, 2022.
by Review Roundups - April 10, 2022
Read all the reviews of Roundabout Theatre Company's New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch including the New York Times and more.
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 8, 2022
Watch a video from Roundabout Theatre Company's New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch.
by Nicole Rosky - March 30, 2022
Previews are currently underway for Roundabout Theatre Company's New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch.
by Jennifer Broski - March 23, 2022
Roundabout Theatre Company is getting ready to present the New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch. Birthday Candles will begin preview performances this Friday, March 18, 2022 and open officially on Sunday, April 10, 2022. This is a limited engagement through Sunday, May 29, 2022 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). Check out photos of the new theatre marquee!
by Stephi Wild - March 18, 2022
Birthday Candles begins previews tonight, March 18, ahead of its official opening on April 10 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). Meet the cast bringing this show to the stage!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - March 17, 2022
Roundabout Theatre Company will present the New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch, which begins previews tomorrow, March 18.
by Nicole Rosky - March 14, 2022
Roundabout Theatre Company is getting ready to present the New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch.   
by BroadwayWorld TV - March 2, 2022
Birthday Candles is back! The company of Noah Haidle's new play met the press on March 12, 2020, just hours before Broadway officially shut down. Now, they return at last for a limited engagement at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).
by Jennifer Broski - February 25, 2022
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.
by Jennifer Broski - March 12, 2020
Rehearsals are underway for Roundabout Theatre Company's New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, directed by Vivienne Benesch. The new play will star Emmy Award winner Debra Messing as 'Ernestine,' Andre Braugher as 'Matt' and Enrico Colantoni as 'Kenneth,' Crystal Finn as 'Joan/Alex/Beth,' Susannah Flood as 'Alice/Madeline/Ernie,' and Christopher Livingston as 'Billy/John.'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 7, 2020
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) has announced complete casting of the New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, directed by Vivienne Benesch.

Birthday Candles Frequently Asked Questions

How long has Birthday Candles been running on Broadway?
Birthday Candles opened at the American Airlines Theatre (Broadway) on Sunday Apr 10, 2022 and has now been running for 1 month.

What other productions of Birthday Candles have their been?
Birthday Candles has had 1 productions including Broadway which opened in 2022.

What theatre is Birthday Candles playing on Broadway?
Birthday Candles is playing at the American Airlines Theatre (Broadway), which is located at 229 W. 42nd St. New York.

How do I get Rush Tickets for Birthday Candles on Broadway?

GENERAL RUSH
Price:
$47
Where: Box office
When: When the box office opens on the day of the performance.
Limit: 2 per customer
Information: Seats are located in the rear mezzanine.

STUDENT RUSH
Price:
 Remaining rush tickets at half-price for current students
Where: Box office
When: 30 minutes before curtain.
Limit: 2 per customer
Information: Seats are located in the rear mezzanine.

MOBILE RUSH
Price:
 $39
Where: TodayTix mobile app
When: From 10 a.m. on the day of the performance until they are sold out.
Limit: 2 per customer
Information: Seats are located in the rear mezzanine.


What productions of Birthday Candles have their been?
Birthday Candles has had 1 productions including Broadway which opened in 2022.

What awards has Birthday Candles been nominated for?
Outstanding New Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Birthday Candles.

What productions of Birthday Candles have there been?
Birthday Candles has had 1 productions including Broadway which opened in 2022.