By Marc Snetiker
May 07, 2012 at 09:53 PM EDT
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He may have been a late addition to the Glee cast, but Darren Criss is proving to be the most successful actor to emerge from the show choir soiree. After a successful run run on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Glee’s golden boy has been tapped to host the 13th-annual Audience Choice Awards in New York on May 13.

Even though Criss was only on the Great White Way for a grand total of three weeks, he’s since become a household name, and certainly a respected one in the theater community. It’s fitting that he host an awards show driven by audience votes, considering his massive appeal with the crowds and his demonstrated ability to pull legions of teenage girls into the theater collective.’s Audience Choice Awards are traditionally a favorite among both the voting public and the performers picked to win. Although they don’t bear much statistical foreshadowing for the actual results of the Tony Awards in June (categories like Favorite Diva Performance and Favorite Onstage Pair don’t have Tony equivalents), the awards are a festive way to celebrate the best in Broadway — and more than likely, a fun way to get the nominees’ minds off the Tonys. At least for a little while.

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