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Debra Messing in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.

First Look: Debra Messing Returns to Broadway in Birthday Candles

Emmy Award winner Debra Messing is back on Broadway as Ernestine in the new Broadway play Birthday Candles, now playing at the American Airlines Theatre. The play, written by Noah Haidle, will officially open on April 10, 2022, and we have your first look at the production.

In addition to Messing, the play stars Tony Award nominee John Earl Jelks as Matt/William and Enrico Colantoni as Kenneth, with Crystal Finn as Joan/Alex/Beth, Susannah Flood as Alice/Madeline/Ernie, and Christopher Livingston as Billy/John.

Messing 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.

Take a look at the new play.


Debra Messing, Christopher Livingston, Susannah Flood in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Debra Messing, Christopher Livingston, and Susannah Flood in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Susannah Flood, Debra Messing in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Susannah Flood and Debra Messing in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Enrico Colantoni, Debra Messing in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Enrico Colantoni and Debra Messing in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Susannah Flood, Enrico Colantoni, Debra Messing, Christopher Livingston, John Earl Jelks, Crystal Finn in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Susannah Flood, Enrico Colantoni, Debra Messing, Christopher Livingston, John Earl Jelks, and Crystal Finn in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Christopher Livingston and Debra Messing in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Christopher Livingston and Debra Messing in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Christopher Livingston, Debra Messing, Crystal Finn, John Earl Jelks, and Susannah Flood in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Christopher Livingston, Debra Messing, Crystal Finn, John Earl Jelks, and Susannah Flood in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
John Earl Jelks, Debra Messing in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
John Earl Jelks and Debra Messing in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Debra Messing in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Debra Messing in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Susannah Flood, Debra Messing in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Susannah Flood and Debra Messing in Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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