Evening Standard Awards Announced: Monty Is Best Musical, Mendes Best Director

News   Evening Standard Awards Announced: Monty Is Best Musical, Mendes Best Director The Full Monty, which ended its London run Nov. 23, received the 2002 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical.

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)

Best Actor:
Tom Georgeson (Frozen)
Daniel Craig (A Number)
Simon Russell Beale (Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night)

Best Director:
Sam Mendes (Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night)
Tim Carroll (Twelfth Night)
Dominic Cooke (Plasticine)

Best Stage Designer:
Stephen Brimson Lewis (Much Ado About Nothing)
Bill Dudley (The Coast of Utopia)
Ian MacNeil (Plasticine and A Number)

Best Play:
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)

Outstanding Newcomer:
Jochum Ten Haaf (Vincent in Brixton)
Alison Pargeter (Damsels in Distress)
Jake Gyllenhaal (This Is Our Youth)

Carlton Television Best Musical:
Bombay Dreams
My One and Only
The Full Monty

A Special Award was also bestowed upon The Globe Season of Cupid and Psyche, 2002.