Ali Stroker Wins Tony, Makes History as First Person to Win the Award in a Wheelchair

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Ali Stroker made history on Sunday night as she became the first person in a wheelchair to ever win a Tony Award.

Stroker, 31, emotionally got on stage to accept the award for her role in “Oklahoma!”, calling it a “dream come true” and a win for every child watching that night who also has a disability or any physical limitations.

Stroker was paralyzed from the waist down when she was 2 following a car crash and is often known as the first person in a wheelchair to ever be on Broadway when in 2015 she appeared onstage in “Spring Awakening”.

Oklahoma! Cleans Up

Stroker won the Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony, a huge accomplishment for any actress. The awards were presented at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York on Sunday.

Oklahoma! was nominated for eight other Tony Awards, and received the Tony for “Best Revival of a Musical”. If you couldn’t get to New York to see the production, don’t worry: a national tour of Oklahoma! is set to start in January.