Ali Stroker Makes History As First Wheelchair User To Win Tony Award – HuffPost UK

Ali Stroker made history at the 73rd annual Tony Awards on Sunday night in a major milestone for representation on stage.

The “Glee Project” alum took home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her performance as Ado Annie in the critically acclaimed “Oklahoma!” revival.

Stroker is the first wheelchair user to ever win or even be nominated for a Tony Award.

“This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation, who has a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena. You are,” the actress said on stage to major applause from the audience.

The 31-year-old bested nominees Lilli Cooper of “Tootsie,” Sarah Stiles of “Tootsie,” Amber Gray of “Hadestown,” and her fellow “Oklahoma!” castmember Mary Testa.

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