John Earl Jelks Joins Broadway’s ‘Birthday Candles’ With Debra Messing – Deadline


John Earl Jelks, at the moment showing within the HBO Max sequence Love Life, has joined the beforehand introduced Debra Messing and Enrico Colantoni within the solid of the upcoming Broadway manufacturing of Noah Haidle’s Birthday Candles.

The Roundabout Theatre Company manufacturing, which begins previews March 18 and opens April 10, was initially set to debut in spring 2020 however was postponed as a result of Covid shutdown. At the time, Andre Braugher was set to co-star with Messing and Colantoni.

The restricted engagement of Birthday Candles will run via May 29 on the American Airlines Theatre. Vivienne Benesch directs.

Jelks is thought to Broadway audiences for his function in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat (2017) and his Tony-nominated 2007 efficiency in August Wilson’s Radio Golf. He had beforehand appeared in Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean. Other stage work consists of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes, co-starring Phylicia Rashad, on the Public Theater Off Broadway and L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum.

Additional movie and tv credit embody Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna, Showtime’s On Becoming a God in Centra Florida, Netlix’s The I-Land, HBO’s True Detective, Paramount+’s The Good Fight, and Blue Bloods and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Also within the Birthday Candles solid are Crystal Finn, Susannah Flood and Christopher Livingston.

As described by Roundabout, Messing (Will & Grace) stars 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?”

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