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.
Henry is so pumped to see so many people expressing what we already know to be true... inclusion matters! Period. The end. ❤️♿️ So proud of Ali for following her dreams. Her voice is amazing. She is amazing. And we love her! Hopefully one day Henry will see her on stage! pic.twitter.com/JmfYdpIVdP— Erin Raley Hinson (@ErinRHinson) June 10, 2019
ALI STROKER IS A TONY WINNER IM LITERALLY THE HAPPIEST PERSON IN THE WORLD— elle 🦈 (@THOUGHTCRlME) June 10, 2019