‘Ragtime’ jazzes Jeffs nominators

Drury Lane musicals snag buku kudo noms

Drury Lane Prods. chalked up 26 nominations, including an impressive 11 nods for its production of “Ragtime,” for Chicago’s 42nd annual Jeff Awards.

Straight plays that showed in Gotham this year also sported several nods, including the Victory Gardens Theater production of Kristoffer Diaz’ “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” (six noms), and Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “The Brother/Sister Plays” (four noms). All are nommed for large play production, as are “The Illusion,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “The Mystery of Irma Vep” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

“Ragtime,” which featured a few vets of last season’s Broadway productions (and its costumes) as well as local actors, was nommed for large musical production, ensemble cast and director for Rachel Rockwell, among other nods.

Coming in with seven nominations apiece were the Court Theater’s production of Pierre Corneille’s “The Illusion” (translated by Tony Kushner) and two other Drury Lane musical revivals: “Cabaret” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

In addition to “Ragtime,” “Cabaret” and “Millie,” other nominees for large musical production are Goodman Theater’s “Animal Crackers” and Marriott Theater’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Hairspray.”

The Jeffs will be held Oct. 25 at the Drury Lane Oakbrook in Oakbrook Terrace.