The Full Monty, which ended its London run Nov. 23, received the 2002 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical.
Monty's competitors included the Andrew Lloyd Webber-produced Bollywood musical, Bombay Dreams, and the staging of the Gershwins' My One and Only.
Director Sam Mendes received his second Evening Standard Award for Best Director, for his work on Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya, his farewell productions for the Donmar Warehouse (the stagings come to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in January). Mendes' first Evening Standard Award was bestowed on the director for his mounting of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. The Academy Award winner's next project will be the Broadway revival of Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters.
Another Oscar winner — Gwyneth Paltrow — didn't fare as well as Mendes. Nominated for her work in the London production of Proof, Paltrow lost the Best Actress prize to Clare Higgins, who starred in Vincent in Brixton.
The complete list of Evening Standard nominees (winners are in bold) follows: Best Actress
Gwyneth Paltrow (Proof)
Clare Higgins (Vincent in Brixton)
Helen McCrory (Uncle Vanya)
Sam Mendes (Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night)
Tim Carroll (Twelfth Night)
Dominic Cooke (Plasticine)
Caryl Churchill (A Number)
Martin McDonagh (The Lieutenant of Inishmore)
Peter Gill (The York Realist)
Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright:
Anthony Neilson (Stitching)
Charlotte Eilenberg (The Lucky Ones)
Vassily Sigarev (Plasticine)
Jochum Ten Haaf (Vincent in Brixton)
Alison Pargeter (Damsels in Distress)
Jake Gyllenhaal (This Is Our Youth)
Carlton Television Best Musical:
My One and Only
The Full Monty
A Special Award was also bestowed upon The Globe Season of Cupid and Psyche, 2002.