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Ridgewood's Ali Stroker Makes History With Tony Award Win: 'For Every Kid With A Disability'

Winning for her portrayal of Ado Annie in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" Ali Stroker celebrates representation with an inspiring message during the acceptance speech for her historic win.
Winning for her portrayal of Ado Annie in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" Ali Stroker celebrates representation with an inspiring message during the acceptance speech for her historic win. Video Credit: CBS

Ridgewood's Ali Stroker made history Sunday night when she became the first person in a wheelchair to win a Tony Award.

The "Glee" star accepted the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, for her portrayal of Ado Annie in Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!"

The 31-year-old from Ridgewood was paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident when she was 2. 

Stroker didn't let her limitation stop her from pursuing her passion to perform and used her win as an opportunity to inspire others like her.

“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," she said while accepting her trophy. "You are."

Best Audio - Ali Stroker, as Ado Annie - I Can't Say No - Oklahoma! (Broadway Revival) - Rodgers & Hammerstein - Live with Kelly and Ryan - ABC - May 13, 2019

Clark Destry

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