‘Glee’ Star Ali Stroker Makes History As First Person In Wheelchair To Win Tony Award
Written by KFAT on July 5, 2019
New York, NY, United States (4E) – Ali Stroker made Tony Awards history when she accepted the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her role as Ado Annie in the production of ‘Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!.
The former ‘Glee’ star is the first person using a wheelchair to be ever be nominated for and win a Tony Award.
In her acceptance speech, the 31-year-old Broadway star dedicated her win to children with disabilities.
“This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena,” she said on Sunday night’s ceremony, which was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York, E News reported.
It was a big night for the entire cast of ‘Oklahoma!’ as the production also won Best Revival of a Musical.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Stroker, who hails from Ridgewood, New Jersey, was just two years old when she got into a car accident that left her with a spinal cord injury that permanently paralyzed her from the chest down. Despite her disability, she did not give up her dream of becoming an actress and pursued by earning a degree from the New York University Tisch Drama Department in 2009. She went on to become a finalist on the reality show ‘The Glee Project’, which earned her a role on ‘Glee’ as Betty, Ms. Pilsbury’s niece.
Her Broadway debut was in 2015, when she performed as Anna in the revival of rock musical ‘Spring Awakening’. She is the first Broadway actress to perform on stage using a wheelchair.
Stroker has been using her platform to encourage children with disabilities about pursuing their goals without being limited by their condition. She is the co-chairman of Women Who Care, a New York City-based charity that supports women with cerebral palsy.
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