'Ernie' the play by award-winning author Mitch Albom returns
Mitch Albom announced Tuesday that 'Ernie' will once again return to the City Theatre, located inside Hockeytown Cafe to offer fans a third season to remember "The Voice of Summer" starting June 6.
Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shief of Michigan and Blue Care Network, the two-man play, dedicated to the late and beloved Detroit Hall of Fame Detroit Tiger announcer, Ernie Harwell, will also welcome back local stage favorites Will Young, as the iconic Harwell and TJ Corbett in the role of "The Boy."
Tickets go on sale Friday, March at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at OlympiaEntertainment.com, 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 discounted Group Sales Tickets (8 or more people), call 313-471-3099. As wtih the past two seasons, proceeds from Ernie merchandise sales will go to the Ernie Harwell Foundation.
Albom, who was asked by Harwell if he'd consider a play about the announcer's life, began writing the script after Ernie's passing in May of 2010. The two-actor play debuted this past April to coincide with the Tigers baseball season for fans to once again enjoy the "Voice of Summer".
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.
Harwell died at age 92 on May 4, 2010, after a battle with cancer.
the play is set on Harwell's last night at Comerica Park in September 2009, prior to his thank-you speech to the city of Detroit.