Women in Music 2016

Cyndi Lauper Calls on Tony Awards to Reinstate Axed Sound Design Category

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Cyndi Lauper, winner of the Tony Award for Best Original Score for 'Kinky Boots,' attends The 67th Annual Tony Awards Paramount Hotel Winners' Room at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013 in New York City. 

A Tony Award committee will look into the decision earlier this year to scrap the handing out of awards for best sound design.

The decision to drop the honors for Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical was made in June by the Tony Awards Administration Committee, and it set off outrage among some theater professionals.

An online petition was launched that drew 32,495 signatures, including theater icon Stephen Sondheim, directors and choreographers Susan Stroman and Debbie Allen, directors Des McAnuff and David Leveaux, playwright Jon Robin Baitz, songwriter Cyndi Lauper and composer and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda.

In a statement Thursday, the administration committee said it "stands by" its "carefully studied decision" but "has referred the request of the sound design community to the Rules Committee for further review."

The sound awards, which were first handed out in 2008, honor those who create sound effects and create soundscapes for musicals and plays.