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Writer Mitch Albom brings Ernie Harwell back to Detroit

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‘Ernie,’ the play about the legendary Ernie Harwell penned by Detroit based writer Mitch Albom, is back on stage in Detroit this summer.

The play celebrates beloved Detroit Tigers announcer (of more than 40 years) Ernie Harwell. It takes place in the year 2009 at Detroit’s Comerica Park.

The cast of two is made up of former Detroit radio personality Peter Carey (Ernie) and TJ Corbett (a young fan).

Carey grew up in the Michigan suburbs. In addition to his successful radio career, he appeared in some films, including ‘Real Steel.’

Before taking on the lead role in ‘Ernie,’ Carey worked as the understudy to former ‘Ernie’ actor Will Young.

So it seems that Carey has earned his place as the lead in this play. And the actor was a true fan of the legendary Mr. Harwell.

‘…I had the privilege of doing several projects with Ernie. We did a movie for Disney called ‘Tiger Town’ with Roy Scheider…. Ernie is one of the most incredible spirits to have ever graced the earth. He was so cordial with everybody. You always walked away feeling like you were his best friend because, at that moment, you were,’ Carey told Detroit Free Press writer John Monaghan in a recent interview.

As for the audience’s reaction to the play, Carey told Monaghan,

‘… You hear laughter; you hear gasps. When you unleash a fact that they didn’t know, you hear ‘ohhhhh….’ And at the end, it’s really emotional. There are tears. You have these grown men, big, tough baseball fans, weeping in their seats….’

Those who have experienced ‘Ernie’ say it’s emotional and wonderful. It’s ‘a must’ for baseball fans.

‘Ernie’ runs through August 17 at the City Theatre inside the Hockeytown Café across from Comerica Park. For tickets call 1-800-745-3000 or click this link. Most tickets for the play are $20.

John Monaghan’s entire interview with Peter Carey can be found in the July 10, 2014 edition of the Detroit Free Press Play section on pages 18-19 Z.