Twenty-one years since its flop on Broadway, Jerry Herman''s musical "Mack & Mabel" has come into its own. The London premiere production of the show, about a tragic romance between silent film pioneers Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, was named best musical of 1995 in the annual London Evening Standard Awards. That gives Herman, who hasn''t had a new show on Broadway since "La Cage aux Folles" in 1983, hits on both sides of the Atlantic: "M&M" in the West End and the Carol Channing revival of "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway.
Here are some other winners of 1995 Evening Standard Awards in selected categories:
Best Play: "Pentecost" by David Edgar
Best Comedy: "Dealer''s Choice" by Patrick Marber
Best New Playwright: Jez Butterworth for "The Steward of Christendom" and other plays
Best Actress: Geraldine McEwan for "The Way of the World"
Best Actor: Michael Gambon for "Volpone"
Best Director: Matthew Warchus for "Henry V" and "Volpone."