Author Mitch Albom plans Harwell stage play

Best-selling author Mitch Albom is planning a stage play based

on the life of the late Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie

Harwell.

Albom said Thursday that the show called ”Ernie” will premiere

next year at the City Theatre in Detroit. Casting will begin in

November.

Albom says Harwell’s ”story transcends sports” and ”is a rich

and wonderful subject for the stage.” Harwell died in May at the

age of 92, months after being diagnosed with inoperable cancer of

the bile duct.

Albom is an award-winning columnist with the Detroit Free Press

and a radio show host who knew Harwell for 25 years. His plays

include ”Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” and ”Tuesdays With Morrie,”

which is based on Albom’s book of the same name.