No, I am not talking about THX, but rather that the Tony Awards Committee recently decided to eliminate the awards for best sound design.
Explanations as to why the categories were eliminated – namely that Tony voters don’t have the expertise to decide what is excellent sound work – doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.
Are those same voters more qualified to vote on lighting design or set design or for that matter orchestration?
If that really is the reason, then educate the voters rather than eliminate the award. Sound design is a critical part of the collaborative art of theatre.
There is an online petition to sign here to encourage the Tony Awards Committee to reinstate the sound design award. Please click on the link sign it.