Tony Award winner and history-maker Ali Stroker stopped by the Today Show June 12 to talk about her milestone achievement winning the Tony for her performance in Broadway’s Oklahoma! as Ado Annie.
Her acceptance speech spoke to the need for representation and accessibility in theatre, and that she hoped her win would inspire others with disabilities, limitations, and challenges.
“I think about myself watching the Tonys for years and years and it was always one of my favorite nights of the year, but also I always wondered if I could ever do that,” she said. “That goes across the board on screen or in movies. You're looking for yourself to give you some kind of hope and confidence that you can do it too. So that was for all those young people who have a dream.”
Stroker credits her parents and her partner, as well as friends, family, and audiences, for giving her the strength to do her best at the Circle in the Square Theatre every night. “I really believe that a lot of that is love, that when you get out onstage you can give love. So much of that has to do with receiving so much support,” she said. “That’s a huge part of getting to this level, the amount of level of energy and love you can give to the world.”
One fan, in particular, felt the love she was giving out to the world. Young Henry is also in a wheelchair and he greeted Stroker on the set of the morning show. Watch the heartwarming video below: