Mitch’s “Ernie” hit another home run this summer at the City Theatre in Detroit. The two-man play, which recounts the life of beloved Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell, welcomed back local stage favorites Will Young as the iconic Harwell, and TJ Corbett in the role of “The Boy.”
“Ernie” has proved a perennial favorite—the play debuted in April 2011 to rave reviews, returned for a reprise in May of 2012, and is completing its third season. “Ernie” has become the highest-attended show in the history of the City Theatre, with each year requiring performance extensions and with more than 14,000 attendees this summer alone. The show was so popular that Mitch extended its five-week run for five more weeks, through August 11th.
In addition to regular season, “Ernie” hosted two special performances: one on June 19th to benefit the Shawn Burr Foundation, which supports blood cancer research and education, and a second on July 31st to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Ernie’s first broadcast with his longtime broadcast partner, Paul Carey.