The nominations for the 2004 Laurence Olivier Awards, the West End's equivalent of Broadway's Tonys, were announced today. Three musicals--Pacific Overtures (a transfer of a production that originated at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Ragtime and Jerry Springer - The Opera--led the pack with eight nominations each. The nominated designers featured some London mainstays as well as a few US faces. Interestingly, there are only three nominees each in the set and lighting categories, but four in costume and sound.

Below are the design nominees:

SET DESIGN
Absolutely! (Perhaps), Franco Zeffirelli
Hitchcock Blonde, William Dudley
Mourning Becomes Elecktra, Bob Crowley

COSTUME DESIGN
Absolutely! (Perhaps), Raimonda Gaetani
Pacific Overtures, Mara Blumenfeld
Power, Christopher Oram
Thoroughly Modern Millie, Martin Pakledinaz

LIGHTING DESIGN
Hitchcock Blonde, Simon Corder
Pacific Overtures, Hugh Vanstone
Ragtime, Howard Harrison

SOUND DESIGN
Jerry Springer - The Opera, Mike Walker
Pacific Overtures, Nick Lidster
Ragtime, Peter Hylenski
The Pillowman, Paul Arditti

Presented by the Society of London Theatre in association with Hilton UK and Ireland, the winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday, February 22.