“Ernie” 2 Week Exclusive to Open in Grand Rapids

Aug 1, 2012 | News, Theatre | 0 comments

In September, Hospice of Michigan will host the Grand Rapids premiere of “Ernie,” which recounts the life of beloved Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell.  The play, written by renowned author, playwright, broadcast personality and award-winning columnist Mitch Albom, is a tale about living life to its fullest, with memorable baseball moments woven throughout featuring actual footage from historic baseball moments. Tiger fans 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.

Blue Care Network of Michigan brings the West Michigan community an exclusive 12-show run of the play that has never before traveled outside Detroit’s City Theatre. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 25 at 10am through Ticketmaster.

Opening Day | Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | $250
Ernie “Opening Day” tickets include either a matinee or evening performance on September 12.  Following each performance, Mitch Albom will join the play’s actors for an intimate “Talk Back” with the audience. Attendees at each performance will be provided with transportation to the Wealthy Theatre from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.  A dinner and cocktails will be held between performances at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in the Ambassador Ballroom at 5:30pm.

Please call (616)356-5266 to purchase tickets for Opening Day. These tickets are not available through Ticketmaster.

Registration Opens 1pm, Amway Hotel
Bus Departs Amway 1:45pm
Matinee Performance 2:30pm, Wealthy Theatre
Registration/Cocktail Hour 5pm
Dinner 5:30pm, Amway Ambassador Ballroom
Evening Performance 8pm, Wealthy Theatre

General Admission tickets | Sept. 13-23 | $30
There are 10 performances of “Ernie” scheduled to be performed. Tickets will go on sale at 10am on June 25 through Ticketmaster. All performances take place at Wealthy Theatre in the Peter Wege Auditorium. Tickets are $30.

Thursday, Sept. 13 7pm
Friday, Sept. 14 7pm
Saturday, Sept. 15 7pm
Sunday, Sept. 16 2:30pm
Wednesday, Sept. 19 7pm
Thursday, Sept. 20 7pm
Friday, Sept. 21 7pm
Saturday, Sept. 22 2:30pm
Saturday, Sept. 22 7pm
Sunday, Sept. 23 2:30pm

Funds raised  from this event  support Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access commitment to care for every one who needs our services—regardless of diagnosis, age or financial resources.


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