Ali Stroker Becomes First Actress in a Wheelchair to Receive Broadway Award

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Ali Stroker Becomes First Actress in a Wheelchair to Receive Broadway Award

Performer Ali Stroker has become the first artist in a wheelchair to receive Broadway's most prestigious trophy, the Tony Awards.

During the 73rd annual ceremony held on Sunday night, Stroker took home the Tony for best performance by an actress in a featured role in the musical revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!"

"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 ... You are," Stroker said in her acceptance speech, thanking her "Oklahoma!" family, parents and friends.

"Performing for me has been a moment where I felt like I was my most powerful self, and so I became hooked. I just wanted to be on stage. Growing up in a chair, I was used to people staring and looking at me, and, you know, that was difficult. And then when I got on stage, people were staring and looking at me for the reason that I wanted, and I felt powerful,” Stroker had told "CBS This Morning" during an interview in May.

Stroker lost her ability to walk in a car accident when she was only two years old. She was introduced to musical theater at age 7 and was Broadway's first actor in a wheelchair when she made her Broadway debut in the 2015 revival of "Spring Awakening," according to The AP.

Source: Kataeb.org