Tony Awards committee ditches 2 honors

By Elizabeth Sudlow,

It was only a few days ago that the 68th Tony Awards were broadcast and now things are starting to change for the award show.

The annual event’s administration committee discussed protocol for the upcoming 2014-2015 season and decided to make some cuts. Brian Ronan, for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and Steve Canyon Kennedy, for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, are the last two people to receive a Tony for Best Sound Design of a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Play, respectively, as Entertainment Weekly reports that these two awards have been eliminated from the award categories. Yet the committee did say there is an exception for “the right to determine a special Tony award for certain productions that have excelled in this particular design realm.”

In addition, it has been decided that writers, librettists, and composers of popular repertoires placed in revival categories, even though they've never been presented on Broadway before, will be recognized for awards for best revivals of plays and musicals along with producers.

The Hollywood Reporter announced that within hours of this decision, Broadway sound design and composer John Gromada began a petition for the decision to be reversed and currently has over 14,400 signatures.

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