"Ernie" raises curtain on 3rd season

Shows will run City Theatre Inside Hockeytown Cafe


Detroit – Mitch Albom announced from his show on WJR radio, that Ernie will extend past its scheduled July end date, for five more weeks through August 11 at the City Theatre, located inside of Hockeytown Café.

Since its inaugural season in 2011, the two-man play, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network, has become the highest-attended show in the history of the City Theatre; each year requiring performance extensions.

Tickets for the extended dates ($20 and $25) go on sale Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m.  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 discounted Group Sales tickets (8 or more people), call 313-471-3099.  As with the past two seasons, proceeds from Ernie merchandise sales will go to the Ernie Harwell Foundation.

Ernie's third 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 can receive a $5 savings on select seating at select regular season home games by presenting their Ernie show ticket at the Comerica Park Box Office.

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.
For a full performance schedule, visit OlympiaEnteratinment.com.