Detroit Public Theatre show Birthday Candles will be performed on Broadway for two months starting in April of 2020.

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A Detroit-born play is making it on Broadway for the first time. On June 17, Roundabout Theatre Company announced Birthday Candles will debut at the American Airlines Theatre in New York on April 21, 2020.

Haidle was commissioned by Detroit Public Theatre Company to write Birthday Candles in the fall of 2016. In May of 2018, Birthday Candles experienced its world premiere while closing out Detroit Public Theatre’s (DPT) third season. Haidle is a proud DPT artist and a founding Board Member.

The production stars Emmy Award winner Debra Messing and will be directed by Vivienne Benesch, who directed the world premier of Birthday Candles at DPT. This will mark the world-renowed playwright Noah Haidle’s first stint on Broadway.

“The commission to write Birthday Candles for Detroit Public Theatre came with what I believe to be an unprecedented component: a guaranteed production,” Haidle said in a press release.  “Without one word written, without even a title, this unknown commodity was programed into DPT’s 2017-2018 season.  What if it had sucked?  Uh-oh, they would have definitely regretted their promise.  But, thankfully, the play turned out pretty okay, and it is in part their blind faith in me that led to its quality. And now it’s going to Broadway.”

Birthday Candles is a story about Ernestine Ashworth, played by Messing, who spends her 17th birthday contemplating her existence in the world. Throughout the show, she continues to examine life as the birthdays continue.

The production also received the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) Steinberg New Play Award recently in 2019.

The show will open for preview showings starting April 2, 2020 and officially open doors for all on April 21. Showtimes will run from April 21 to June 21 at the American Airlines Theatre.


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