Feb 6, 2017


(DETROIT– February 6, 2017) — Back by popular demand, productions by noted author and playwright Mitch Albom, Ernie and Hockey - The Musical!, will return to the City Theatre inside Hockeytown Cafe for the Mitch Albom Summer Series. Ernie will play Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 25 and Hockey – The Musical! will play Thursday, July 13 through Sunday, August 6.

This year, fans will have the opportunity to save 25 percent off by purchasing tickets for both shows in the Mitch Albom Summer Series. 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.

"We are thrilled to be bringing back "Ernie" and "Hockey - The Musical!" to our favorite "home" - the City Theatre,” said Mitch Albom. “Audiences have been amazingly responsive to "Ernie" for the last six years, and embraced "Hockey" beyond our expectations last summer. Traversing the warm, moving story of Ernie Harwell and the bawdy, crazy, foot-tapping world of 'Hockey" represents our best efforts at a broad spectrum of theatrical entertainment. We look forward to welcoming new audiences and familiar "second-time-around" faces this summer."

About Ernie
Ernie 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.

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.

About Hockey – The Musical!
Hockey - The Musical! a show Albom laughingly describes as "Spamalot - with hockey sticks," made its debut at the City Theatre in 2016. The concept is sure to draw theater fans and sports fans alike: When the Lord decides the world has too many sports, He decides to wipe out one – hockey - to teach mankind a lesson. Only five mismatched fans can try and save their beloved game in this hysterical, raucous, foot-tapping musical with book, original music and lyrics by Mitch Albom.

The Musical, which takes place in a mythical hockey rink and combines original compositions with popular classics, will be directed by Peter Albom. Several of the songs include "Put On Skates," "Kill Baseball," "Oh, Octopus, My Octopus," “God is a Canuck” and "When You're A Wing.” Familiar melodies will include everything from 50's and 60's rock and roll to "Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye."