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Mitch Albom’s “Hockey the Musical!,” currently playing at the City Opera House in Traverse City, passed the Gazette vetting process with flying colors. It’s not only a fun musical from noted author, columnist, and playwright Mitch Albom, but it’s also great for kids aged 12 and older.
Now in its second season after a hugely successful eight-week run in Detroit last summer, Hockey – The Musical! is described by Albom himself as “Spamalot – with hockey sticks.” Playing at the City Opera House August 9 – 12, the show is sure to draw theater and sports fans alike.
When God decides there are too many sports in the world, he chooses to eliminate one of them – hockey. But that doesn’t sit well with fans of the underdog game. So God says that if five pure-of-heart souls can plead their case to save their beloved sport, he’ll reconsider. Watch the hilarity unfold as five misfits sing and dance their way toward saving hockey in this raucous, bawdy, foot-tapping musical, an Albom original.
“I’m really thrilled about bringing the quirky, lovable elements of hockey into a comic musical,” says Albom. “It’s an underdog show for an underdog sport. The laughs and heart that the story is able to dig out, thanks to how much we all love hockey, has made for perhaps the most enjoyable creation I’ve ever attempted.”
Directed and choreographed by Albom’s brother, Peter, the musical takes place in a mythical hockey rink and combines more than a dozen original compositions with popular classics. Original songs include “Kill Baseball,” “When You’re A Wing,” and “God Is A Canuck.” Audiences will hear familiar tunes from the 1950’s and 60’s era, among others, with original lyrics penned by Albom.
Tickets: $35 and $20; student tickets are $15
Age Recommendation: Best for ages 12+
– Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
– Thursday, August 10, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
– Friday, August 11, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
– Saturday, August 12, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.
– Saturday, August 12, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
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