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Reactions to Ali Stroker’s historic Tony Awards win will make your heart soar

73rd Annual Tony Awards - Show
Ali Stroker accepts the Tony award in the category of performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical for “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!.”
(Theo Wargo / Getty Images for Tony Awards)

When Ali Stroker rolled onstage in her wheelchair to accept the Tony Award for featured actress in a musical, audiences at home went bananas.

As Ado Annie in director Daniel Fish’s revival of “Oklahoma!” Stroker became the first actress in a wheelchair to take home a Tony. Stroker, 31, accepted her award on behalf of all the disabled kids waiting to see themselves represented onstage.

Reactions on social media were fast and heartfelt. Including a video posted by Erin Raley Hinson of her 6-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair, as he clapped his hands over his astonished face during the telecast.

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