Tony and Drama Desk Awards Strips Ragtime of Costume Design Nominations

This weekend, if you can believe it, there was talk outside of the theater world about the Tony Awards. Just before last week let out, the organization behind the awards (the aptly named Tony Awards Productions) announced that they were dropping a nominee from their list in the costume design category, from the show Ragtime. After announcing that they’d made the short list, the organization backed up and decided that the design of the show’s wardrobe was far too similar to when the show was originally staged and that just wasn’t going to work for them. Unfortunately, this writer doesn’t seem to ever have the time to go to the theater, therefore not giving him a legtimate soap box to stand on, but we’d like to dream that this means a slight dent-due-to-repetition in the revival-after-revival trend (just take a look at all the same ol’ names from the nominees list). Here’s a bit from Playbill:

Yesterday, it was affirmed to Tony Award Productions that Santo Loquasto‘s designs for the revival of Ragtime are predominantly those from the original 1998 production, and therefore do not meet the Tony rule which states, work that ‘substantially duplicate(s)’ work from a prior production is ineligible. We learned this too late to remove the costumes from consideration by the nominators, but feel that we cannot allow the designs to remain in contention this year, and we must regretfully withdraw them from consideration as a nominee in the Best Costume Design of a Musical category.

Following the Tonys dropping Loquasto, the Drama Desk Awards also decided to take back their nomination as well. They also decided the orchestration in the Ragtime revival, so pulled that one as well.