- Ali Stroker made history when she became the first wheelchair user to win the award for featured actress in a musical at the 2019 Tony Awards.
- The Former Glee Project contestant was paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident when she was 2.
- Ali bagged the Tony for her role as Ado Annie, a flirtatious woman who got involved with two men in a small town in Oklahoma.
“This award is for every kid who has a disability, a limitation or a challenge who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena,” Ali said, before thanking her partner David Perlow for “believing in every part” of her career.
“Not a lot of people have seen someone use a wheelchair the way I do,” Ali told The Los Angeles Times before the award show. “I have been in my chair since I was in an auto accident when I was 2 years old, so the way I move is very organic. The wheelies are an unpredictable movement I use throughout the show and on purpose. I compare it to someone doing a dance movement. How I move in my chair is one of the most thrilling parts for me of doing this revival.”
so since the #TonyAwards cut off @ALISTROKER’s acceptance speech, she finished it backstage. she wanted to say thanks to her partner David “who reminds me every day to let my light shine.” pic.twitter.com/d3Jb9rPeDX
— Ashley Lee (@cashleelee) June 10, 2019