Ice arenas and fights are among the first images to come to mind when someone thinks about hockey. When author and playwright Mitch Albom thinks about hockey, he has one thing on his mind: musicals.

“Hockey – The Musical!” will be making its opening debut tonight for a month-long run at Detroit’s City Theatre, and Albom hopes it will bring together theater geeks and sports fans alike.

“Sports and theater don’t have to be antithetical to each other,” Albom said. “They can actually work [together].”

Listen to the interview with Stateside on Michigan Radio here.