The stars aligned Tuesday night in New York City when Broadway’s best claimed their Broadway.com Audience Awards at a reception held for the winners.
The website’s annual awards allow the fans to pick their favorite performances, and this year’s winners included plenty of film and TV actors, including Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Hudgens, Helen Mirren, Kristin Chenoweth and Darren Criss.
Hudgens, who is making her Broadway debut in Gigi, won for favorite breakthrough performance (female). “I’ve never worked this hard before in my life,” the former High School Musical star told PEOPLE at the awards reception. She added that Broadway is not for the faint of heart, “But it’s so much fun. Whenever I have my day off, I look forward to coming back to the stage and doing it again.”
“Everyone has been so warm, so welcoming. My cast is like my family. I lean on them, I love them,” she told PEOPLE. On what has surprised her most about Broadway, the 26-year-old says, “it’s a lot of work, doing the same thing over and again, it makes you feel a little crazy at times.”
Morrison, who stars in Finding Neverland, won for favorite leading actor in a musical and favorite onstage pair (with Laura Michelle Kelly). The Broadway vet spent most of the evening catching up with former Glee castmate, Darren Criss who won for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Finding Neverland, which also stars Kelsey Grammar, won for favorite new musical.
Dame Helen Mirren snagged an award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience and tells PEOPLE that winning is “an honor and a privilege.”
Cooper won for his role in The Elephant Man and Stone for hers in Cabaret, though they were not on hand to accept their prizes in person.