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Ali Stroker makes Tony Awards history as first victor to use wheelchair

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Actress Ali Stroker made history last night, becoming the first wheelchair user to win a Tony Award thanks to her performance in the Broadway revival of musical Oklahoma!

Bryan Cranston won his second Tony Award for being as mad as hell and not willing to take it anymore.

Mitchell is following in the footsteps of fellow Tony best musical creators Cyndi Lauper, the former Johnson State College student turned pop star who penned 2013's "Kinky Boots", and Alison Bechdel, the Vermont cartoonist laureate whose life inspired 2015's "Fun Home". "And I thought it was awesome because women's rights are under attack right now", Porter told THR, alluding to the several US states that have passed restrictive abortion laws, thus challenging a women's right to choose what she does with her body.

David Yazbeck's musical of the classic Dustin Hoffman comedy went into Sunday's awards with 11 nominations, including the prestigious best musical.

This year's Tonys show gave us much to feast on, from heartfelt acceptance speeches to showstopping performances, the 2018 Tonys were a night to remember, creating a slew of new Tony memories to cherish for years to come. A lack of strides in embracing diversity on Broadway, she said, "is not a pipeline issue" but a lack of imagination.

The drama, which also earned three Olivier awards, beat four other nominees - including fellow British playwright James Graham's Ink - to scoop the best play honour.

Andre DeShields captured featured actor in a musical for "Hadestown", his first Tony at the age of 73.

Hadestown, featuring actors like Reeve Carney and André De Shields, tells the story of Greek mythology, but with a twist.

Another first-time victor was Block, who earned her Tony Award for playing a legend - Cher. Robert Horn won for best book of a musical for "Tootsie".

Chorney, winning the Tony for best orchestrations alongside collaborator Todd Sickafoose, also recognized his home state.

Stroker performed a song from "Oklahoma!" onstage at the Tony Awards on Sunday.

Some of the Broadway stars who practiced included Billy Porter, Ben Platt, Andrew Rannells, Darren Criss, Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Benanti and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Attendance was 14.8 million - up 7.1% - and has risen steadily for decades.

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