Mitch Albom's play honoring Ernie Harwell returns to Detroit's City Theatre

"Ernie" opens July 28th at Detroit's City Theatre
Posted at 1:23 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 13:23:27-04

Tigers fans are about to get a treat with a blast from the past on the stage.  Mitch Albom's hit play "Ernie" will open July 28th at Detroit's City Theater. It honors the late, great Ernie Harwell.  Click the video player to see Macolm Maddox's  interview with the star Peter Carey on 7 Action News at Noon.

The play is returning to Downtown Detroit for a 6th season. It runs July 28 through August 14. It's a two-man show  dedicated to the late and beloved Hall of Fame Detroit Tigers announcer, Ernie Harwell.

"Having Ernie return for a 6th season is a testament to the kind of person Ernie was and all that he represented, as well as our loyal audience who returns year after year for this theatrical experience," said Mitch Albom. "We are honored to once again share Ernie's life story, and look forward to another great run!"

"ERNIE" includes  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.

You may buy tickets online at, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations, and at the City Theatre box office, located inside Hockeytown Cafe. To charge tickets by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 8+ receive a discount on select seats by calling 313-471-3099. As with the past five seasons, proceeds from Ernie merchandise sales will go to the Ernie Harwell Foundation.
the show's producers say:  Ernie's sixth 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.
The show 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.
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".
Performance schedule:
Thursday, July 28 8 p.m.
Friday, July 29 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 30 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 4 5:30 p.m.
Friday, August 5 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 6 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10 8 p.m.
Thursday, August 11 8 p.m.
Friday, August 12 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 13 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 14 3 p.m.