Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ragtime at the Tony's

The Tony nominations came out a week ago and everything seems to have gone off without a hitch.  Until today.  The news has just broken that the nomination Ragtime received for Best Costume Design for Santo Loquasto's costumes has been withdrawn.  Loquasto also designed the costumes for the original 1998 Broadway production (at which point he was also nominated for this design) and the Tony Awards Nominating Committee has determined that the costumes in this production are too close to those from the original production.  According to official Tony rules, aspects of Broadway productions with "substantially duplicate" qualities cannot be nominated.

According to the committee, "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."  There will be no replacement nomination to fill the slot being vacated by Mr. Loquasto's withdrawal, leaving the category only with the designs for La Cage Aux Folles, Fela!, and Memphis.

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