Mitch Albom's 'Ernie' returns to City Theater for six week engagment

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Ernie, the play by award winning Mitch Albom, returns to the City Theater July 10 for a six week engagement. The two-man play, is dedicated to the late and beloved Hall of Fame Detroit Tiger announcer, Ernie Harwell.

Ernie debuted in April 2011 to coincide with the Tigers baseball season and has since become the highest-attended show in the history of the City Theater; with nearly 70,000 patrons in three seasons.

Ernie takes place on Harwell’s last night at Comerica Park in September of 2009, prior to his 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 show welcomes back local favorite TJ Corbett in his role as the boy and proudly debuts veteran stage actor Peter Carey in the lead role of Ernie. Carey's uncanny portrayal of Harwell, was picked up during his time as an Ernie understudy over the last three years.

Ernie’s fourth season will feature convenient show times to provide fans with the ability to watch the play and catch a Tigers game in the same day. You can purchase Ernie show tickets online for $20 and $25 at , or the Fox Theater Box Office.

When you purchase a ticket to the play, a redemption code will be given for use on or at the Comerica Park Box Office to receive a $5 savings on select seating at certain regular season home games. Game tickets will only be available for pick-up at the Comerica Park Box Office and patrons must present their Ernie show ticket stub.

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Performance schedule:

Thursday, July 10 8 p.m.
Friday, July 11 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 12 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 13 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 17 8 p.m.
Friday, July 18 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 19 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 20 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 23 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 24 8 p.m.
Friday, July 25 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 27 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 31 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 1 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 2 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 3 5 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 7 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 8 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 10 3 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 14 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 15 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 16 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 17 5 p.m.