Directed by Vivienne Benesch, Birthday Candles will begin previews April 2, with an opening on April 21 at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. The limited engagement will run through June 21, 2020.
The Will and Grace and Smash star previously appeared on Broadway in John Patrick Shanley’s play Outside Mullingar opposite Brían F. O’Byrne in 2014.
In the new production, Messing will play Ernestine Ashworth, described by producers as, at first, a young woman 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