The nominees for the 55th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards have been announced, with The Light in the Piazza leading the pack with 11 nominations followed by Spamalot and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with eight nominations each.

The Outer Critics Circle are notable for being the first major awards of the season as decided by media that cover Broadway "from a distance," i.e. out of town journalists and national media that cover the Great White Way. The list of design nominees are as follows:

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
Robert Brill, A Streetcar Named Desire
Tim Hatley, Monty Python’s Spamalot
Scott Pask, The Pillowman
Anthony Ward, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Michael Yeargan, The Light in the Piazza

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Tim Hatley, Monty Python's Spamalot
Junko Koshino, Pacific Overtures
William Ivey Long, La Cage aux Folles
Anthony Ward, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Catherine Zuber, The Light in the Piazza

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
Christopher Akerlind, The Light in the Piazza
Mark Henderson, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Donald Holder, Gem of the Ocean
Brian MacDevitt, The Pillowman
Hugh Vanstone, Monty Python’s Spamalot

The awards will be announced at Broadway institution Sardi's on May 26th after they are revealed on May 9th. For a complete list of nominees, click here.