Last week, Santo Loquasto earned his seventh Tony Awards nomination for costume design for the revival of "Ragtime." Back in 1998, he had contended for his costumes for the original production of this tuner. On Thursday, the Tonys decided that the two sets of costumes were too similar and his nomination was withdrawn. As no replacement was named, the category is down to three contenders -- Marina Draghici ("Fela"), Paul Tazewell ("Memphis") and Matthew Wright ("La Cage aux Folles").
Back in 1998, Loquasto lost this race to Julie Taymor, who created the colorful costumes worn in "The Lion King." Taymor also picked up the directing prize for this toe-tapping tuner which won six Tonys in total including best musical.
While "The Lion King" has ruled Broadway ever since it opened to rave reviews on Nov. 13, 1997, that first production of "Ragtime" ran two days shy of two years, closing on Jan. 16, 2000. The recent rialto revival lasted just eight weeks, closing this Jan. 10.
Loquasto remains a Tony nominee this year with his scenic design for the play "Fences" in contention. He has one Tony to show for his nine previous nominations in this category with a win in 1989 for "Cafe Crown." Loquasto also won two of his six previous costume design bids ("The Cherry Orchard," 1977; "Grand Hotel," 1990).
Photo: Cast of the "Ragtime" revival. Credit: Neil Simon Theatre