Photo by Joan Marcus

Photo by Joan Marcus

In late 2015 Ali Stroker became the first Broadway actor to play a wheelchair user who actually uses a chair in real life. In 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play major league baseball when he signed with the old Brooklyn Dodgers. After that historic season, baseball began integrating. Will Stroker’s breakthrough in the musical, Spring Awakening, do for wheelchair users in show business what Robinson did for African-Americans in baseball?

“I hope so,” she says. “I hope people with disabilities get opportunities on stage, on film and