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Broadway Shockers 2015: Ali Stroker Is the First Actor in a Wheelchair to Perform on Broadway

Broadway got a little more inclusive in 2015. FINALLY.

Ali Stroker (second-from-left) is one of the stars of the new Broadway revival of Spring Awakening.
(© Joan Marcus)

The Glee Project 's Ali Stroker made history this year as the first actor in a wheelchair to perform on Broadway, and we were shocked. Obviously we weren't surprised to see this multitalented performer featured in a Broadway revival of Spring Awakening. What we are astonished about is that her performance was a first. C'mon, there have been plenty of roles before now that could easily have featured an actor in a wheelchair, not to mention roles that actually call for wheelchair-bound characters, like A Little Night Music's Madame Armfeldt or President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Annie. Way to finally get a little more inclusive, Broadway, but we're kind of appalled it took so long.

Ali Stroker celebrates her opening night in Broadway's Spring Awakening.
(© David Gordon)