The Broadway star agreed to scribble on a theatre programme for a follower and leaned on his tablet computer to make his mark - before accidentally handing over the iPad to the man.
He's now taken to his Twitter.com page to ask the fan to get in touch and return the expensive gadget.
In a series of posts, Creel writes, "2 (to) that sweet man who asked 4 (for) my autograph: remember how i used my iPad as a hard surface under your program while i signed? u still have it and i would really like it back...please don't make me very sad."
He later added: "ok. still wanna hear from that man i accidentally gave my freakin' iPad to last night. would be real nice if he would give it back...."
And Creel's pal Alan Cumming also helped publicise the appeal, writing on his own page, "I'm mad as hell. Let's shame the guy who took gavincreel's iPad as he was giving him an autograph to return it. Twitter Power, people!"
The Broadway star launched an appeal on Twitter.com to get his gadget back after the mix-up, and his friend Alan Cumming even publicised his pal's plight on his own page.
Creel announced to his followers on Wednesday evening (04Apr12) that his iPad had been successfully returned to him.
In a series of posts on his page, he writes, "a) I love Alan Cumming b) I so appreciate everyone's support during my iPad debacle c) I'm going to tweet another tweet in 39 seconds... My iPad hath been returned!!!!!! 2 (sic) the sweet man who made my day asking 4 (sic) an autograph & made my year by returning my iPad after babysitting it 4 a couple (of) days: thank you!!!"
Cumming replied, "Mission accomplished tweeters! Stand down. Creel, go forth and use that iPad."
Billy Elliot, The Musical is leading the way at this year's Tony Awards after scooping 15 nominations -- tying with The Producers for the most nominations ever garnered by one show.
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The production, based on the 2000 film about a coal miner's son who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, will go up against Next To Normal, Shrek The Musical and Rock of Ages in the coveted Best Musical category at the 63rd annual ceremony, which honors the best on Broadway.
Elton John, who has been nominated for the show's original score, says of the nomination: "It's been an amazing experience. It's made an incredible impact on my life."
The drama 33 Variations was nominated for Best Play, competing against God of Carnage, Dividing the Estate and Reasons to be Pretty.
Meanwhile, Hollywood actors James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels, who both star in God of Carnage, have been pitted against each other for the Leading Actor in a Play award.
Their co-stars Marcia Gay Harden and Hope Davis will battle it out in the Leading Actress in a Play category, which also includes veteran actress Jane Fonda for her role as a dying musicologist in 33 Variations.
The winners will be announced on June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The main list of nominees is as follows:
Dividing the Estate - Horton Foote
God of Carnage - Yasmina Reza
Reasons to be Pretty - Neil LaBute
33 Variations - Moises Kaufman
Next to Normal
Rock of Ages
Shrek the Musical
Leading Actor in a Play:
Jeff Daniels - God of Carnage
Raul Esparza - Speed-the-Plow
James Gandolfini - God of Carnage
Geoffrey Rush - Exit the King
Thomas Sadoski - Reasons to be Pretty
Leading Actress in a Play:
Hope Davis - God of Carnage
Jane Fonda - 33 Variations
Marcia Gay Harden - God of Carnage
Janet McTeer - Mary Stuart
Harriet Walter - Mary Stuart
Leading Actor in a Musical:
David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish - Billy Elliot
Gavin Creel - Hair
Brian d'Arcy James - Shrek the Musical
Constantine Maroulis - Rock of Ages
J. Robert Spencer - Next to Normal
Leading Actress in a Musical:
Stockard Channing - Pal Joey
Sutton Foster - Shrek the Musical
Allison Janney - 9 to 5
Alice Ripley - Next to Normal
Josefina Scaglione - West Side Story
Next to Normal
9 to 5
Shrek the Musical
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