Ernie the Play
Back for a 7th Season: June 8- June 25
Olympia Entertainment is proud to announce that Ernie – A play by Mitch Albom, will return for a seventh unforgettable season at the City Theatre, located inside of Hockeytown Cafe. As Detroit buzzes with excitement on the verge of the 2017 Detroit Tiger’s season, Ernie invites fans to celebrate and remember “The Voice of Summer” with an opening performance on Thursday, June 8 and running through Sunday, June 25. The two-man play is dedicated to the late and beloved Hall of Fame Detroit Tigers announcer, Ernie Harwell.
Ernie’s seventh anniversary season will again feature the doubleheader experience with convenient showtimes to provide fans the ability to watch the play and catch a Tigers game in the same day. To take advantage of the “doubleheader”, patrons must present their Ernie show ticket stub at the Comerica Park Box Office. Fans can receive $5 savings on select seating and at select regular season home games. Game tickets will only be available for pick-up at the Comerica Park Box Office.
The show welcomes back local favorite TJ Corbett in his role as ‘The Boy’ along with veteran stage actor Peter Carey in the lead role of ‘Ernie’. Carey’s uncanny portrayal of Harwell, the broadcasting legend, was hailed during his leading role during the play’s 2014 through 2016 seasons and as an understudy from 2011 through 2013.
Ernie is set on Harwell’s last night at Comerica Park in September of 2009, prior to his moving thank you speech to his adopted and beloved city of Detroit. Just before he walks onto the grassy field, he encounters an unusual boy who is eager to know all about him, coaxing Harwell into giving one final broadcast – the “broadcast of his life”.
The play features classic footage from historic baseball moments, supplied courtesy of Major League Baseball, and boasts many unmistakable Harwell calls. Tigers fans will get a glimpse of the time that Ernie met the Great Bambino and Ty Cobb. They’ll witness how he “recreated” games in his early days, and what was behind his broadcasts of the Tigers’ 1968 and 1984 World Series.
This year, fans will have the opportunity to save 25 percent off by purchasing tickets for both shows in the Mitch Albom Summer Series, which includes Ernie and Hockey -The Musical!. Discounts are also available for groups of 8 or more. Tickets ($25 Ernie and $39.50 Hockey – The Musical!) are on sale now for groups and for individuals purchasing both shows through the special offer. To take advantage of the special offers, patrons must purchase tickets through Olympia Entertainment Group Sales by calling 313-471-3099. Individual tickets for both shows will go on sale at a later date.