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The Fans Have Spoken! 2009 Audience Award Winners Announced

The Fans Have Spoken! 2009 Audience Award Winners Announced
Daniel Radcliffe & Lorenzo Pisoni in Equus

Tonys schmonies! We're dying to know who won this year's Audience Awards, the only major theater prize chosen by regular theatergoers. Well, the wait is over—after two weeks of online voting, the winners of the 10th Annual Audience Awards are announced, with theatergoers opting to spread the love with this year's list of honorees.

Billy Elliot took the top honor of Favorite New Broadway musical, but the other musical categories were split between Next to Normal winning two, for stars Alice Ripley and Aaron Tveit, Shrek the Musical winning Favorite Diva Performance for Sutton Foster, [title of show] Favorite Ensemble for its four-member cast, West Side Story Favorite Featured Actress for Karen Olivo and 9 to 5, which won songwriter Dolly Parton the unique prize of Favorite New Broadway Song, for the show's Act Two power-belt anthem "Get Out and Stay Out."

Gavin Creel, who won a Audience Award in 2002 with Foster for Favorite Onstage Pair in Thoroughly Modern Millie, triumphed in two categories this year for his performance as Claude in Hair also the winner for Favorite Musical Revival. He again won in the twosome category with co-star Will Swenson, and also is taking home the trophy for Favorite Leading Actor.

Another double winner is Harry Potter film star Daniel Radcliffe, winning Favorite Actor and Breakthrough performance for his acclaimed turn in last fall's Equus revival, which was named the audience's Favorite Broadway Play Revival. Equus star Lorenzo Pisoni, who played Radcliffe's number one horse, won Favorite Solo Performance for his off-Broadway hit Humor Abuse.

Other prizes for plays include a win for the hit comedy God of Carnage as Favorite New Broadway Play with fellow nominee Reasons to be Pretty winning as Favorite Off-Broadway Play, Jane Fonda in the leading actress category for 33 Variations and Patrick Wilson All My Sons and Angela Lansbury Blithe Spirit winning in the featured categories.

To learn more about the 10-year history of the Audience Awards, click here.

A complete list of this year's Audience Award winners follows:

Favorite New Broadway Musical
Billy Elliot

Favorite New Broadway Play
God of Carnage

Favorite Broadway Musical Revival

Favorite Broadway Play Revival

Favorite New Off-Broadway Musical

Favorite New Off-Broadway Play
reasons to be pretty

Favorite Leading Actor in a Broadway Musical
Gavin Creel, Hair

Favorite Leading Actress in a Broadway Musical
Alice Ripley, Next to Normal

Favorite Leading Actor in a Broadway Play
Daniel Radcliffe, Equus

Favorite Leading Actress in a Broadway Play
Jane Fonda, 33 Variations

Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Musical
Aaron Tveit, Next to Normal

Favorite Featured Actress in a Broadway Musical
Karen Olivo, West Side Story

Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Play
Patrick Wilson, All My Sons

Favorite Featured Actress in a Broadway Play
Angela Lansbury, Blithe Spirit

Favorite Diva Performance
Sutton Foster, Shrek the Musical

Favorite Solo Performance
Lorenzo Pisoni, Humor Abuse

Favorite Onstage Pair
Gavin Creel & Will Swenson, Hair

Favorite Ensemble Cast
[title of show]

Favorite Breakthrough Performance Male
Daniel Radcliffe, Equus

Favorite Breakthrough Performance Female
Kerry Ellis, Wicked

Favorite Replacement Male
Hunter Parrish, Spring Awakening

Favorite Replacement Female
Laura Osnes, South Pacific

Favorite Long-Running Broadway Show

Favorite Long-Running Off-Broadway Show
Altar Boyz

Favorite New Broadway Song
"Get Out and Stay Out," 9 to 5

Winners by Show Name:

Equus - 3
Hair - 3
Next to Normal - 2
Wicked - 2
33 Variations - 1
9 to 5 - 1
Altar Boyz - 1
All My Sons - 1
Billy Elliot - 1
Blithe Spirit - 1
God of Carnage - 1
Humor Abuse - 1
easons to be Pretty - 1
Saved - 1
Shrek the Musical - 1
South Pacific - 1
Spring Awakening - 1
[title of show] - 1
West Side Story - 1

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