At this evening’s performance of “ERNIE” in Detroit’s legendary City Theatre, attendees were treated to a special announcement: the play will return for a second season! All of the original cast and crew will return next summer. Tickets for the June and July 2012 performances will be on sale tomorrow, and more shows may be added.

Since it opened April 22, nearly 28,000 people have seen the show. The current run ends this Sunday, August 21.

Tickets may be purchased online at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and at the City Theatre box office, located inside Hockeytown Cafe. To charge tickets by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

City Theatre’s Website

Fans Call “Ernie” a Home Run

“Mitch (Albom) hit a home run — let’s put it that way. The play brought back a lot of memories. And I’ve been a fan, I knew a lot of stories, but there was a lot about the young Ernie I learned, too.”

“The play brought back so many memories. It reminded me of what I felt when I was growing up in Detroit. All those great Tigers teams that are a part of our lives.”

“The show was wonderful. It was better than what I expected; I was touched. As a foreigner, I got a chance to see some of the history of baseball and Detroit. I was able to see Ernie at an event with Mitch Albom about a year and a half ago. I was very lucky that I was able to see him in person. But the actors did great. Mr. Young was very good as Ernie.

“I grew up with my parents listening to the games, as big Tigers fans. There are so many memories specific to his voice. His voice reminds me of home. I thought the actor that played him sounded like him, too. It was very touching.”

“I remember asking Ernie about the greats that he saw nearly 12 years ago, and he told me the story of Gehrig behind the booth at old Tiger stadium. It brought a smile to my face. Wonderful play. The actor playing Ernie was a dead ringer! Thanks, Mitch, for taking me back a few years!”

“Spent the evening with ‘Ernie’ yesterday. Fell in love with his smile, words and voice all over again. The incredible actors had the audience in tears, applauding and laughing (sometimes all at once!) The voice of baseball may be silenced but his love, not only for the game but for life, will live on in the hearts of those lucky enough to have shared more then just nine innings with him. Thank you my friend.”

“What a gift!”

“Just saw Ernie last night and was so happy to see the direction that was decided on for this play. It brought back so many memories; made me laugh and cry. I went with my dad and it’s sooo true that no matter how old you are, every kid remembers there first time at a ballpark. I felt like I was back at Comerica watching Ernie say goodbye all over again. Great job!!!!!”

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