Broadway Celebrates Cleaner

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Winners of a Tony award for their service to the Broadway theatre, Bruce and Sarah Barish, owners of Ernest Winzer cleaners are in the middle, and around them clockwise from left are: Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, Thomas Schumacher, chairman of The Broadway League, William Ivey Long, immediate past chair of the American Theatre Wing, and Heather Hitchens, president and CEO of the American Theatre Wing. (Photo: Ernest Winzer cleaners)

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Bruce and Sarah Barish, owners of Ernest Winzer cleaners, celebrate the news of being selected to receive a Tony award for their service to the Broadway theatre, shown here at a photo shoot in May. On June 10, 2018, the 72ndAnnual Tony Awards will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, televised from 8-11 p.m. ET.

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Winzer Cleaners receives 2018 Tony award for excellence in the theatre

NEW YORK CITY — Ernest Winzer Cleaners, located here, will receive the 2018 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre, owners Bruce and Sarah Barish relate. This cleaners is being recognized this year as one of three outstanding contributors to the Broadway industry.

In 1908, Ernest Winzer was the Master Drycleaner and Dyer to the Broadway stage productions of the day. Barish notes: “110 years of cleaning Broadway costumes is being recognized at the 72nd Tony Awards. Pretty safe to say we are the longest running Broadway Production.”

Of note: The 72nd Annual Tony Awards will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, on Sunday, June 10, 2018, 8-11 p.m. ET.

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre award recipients perfectly exemplify the scope of work in our industry,” says Heather Hitchens, president and CEO of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League. “Each one has left such a mark on the Broadway community in such different ways, and we're proud to be able to honor their contributions.”

The Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre award was established in 1990 and awarded to organizations or individuals who demonstrate extraordinary achievement in theatre, but aren’t eligible in the established categories.

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