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3 Mar 2014: From Detroit to Lakeland: ‘Ernie’ Hits the Road

Mitch Albom’s play ‘Ernie’ is leaving Michigan this year for a special, limited run at the historic Polk Theatre in Lakeland, FL. Lakeland is home to spring training for the Detroit Tigers, and has been for the last 78 years. It’s fitting, then, that the second legendary home for the Tigers is also home this spring for another Tigers legend.

“Ernie” is set on Ernie Harwell’s last night at Comerica, when the Hall of Fame broadcaster is about to give a moving thank you to a grateful city. 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.” Will Young and  T.J. Corbett will reprise the roles of Ernie and The Boy, respectively, for the fourth year.

“Ernie’s story transcends sports,” Albom says. “It’s a story of 20th century Americana and a love affair with baseball and a childhood sweetheart. Ernie went through the Depression, World War II, the segregation of sports –he also called some of the grandest moments ever witnessed on a ball field. It’s an honor to bring such a rich character to the stage – especially for so many fans who loved him.”

Show dates/times:

March 13: 7:30 p.m.

March 14: 7:30 p.m.

March 15: 2:00 p.m.  |  7:30 p.m.

March 16: 2:00 p.m.

March 20: 7:30 p.m.

March 21: 7:30 p.m.

March 22: 2:00 p.m.  |  7:30 p.m.

March 23: 2:00 p.m.

March 27: 2:00 p.m.

March 28: 7:30 p.m.

March 29: 2:00 p.m.  |  7:30 p.m.

March 30: 2:00 p.m.

Box office will open one hour before performances. The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. for evening performances, and 1:30 p.m. for afternoon performances. Tickets are $25, $20, $15 (reserved seating) and can be purchased online at www.polktheatre.org or by calling 863.682.7553.