Ali Stroker with man in plaid shirt and cowboy shirt straddling her lap during a performance of Oklahoma! for which she was nominated for a Tony Award

Ali Stroker has become the first wheelchair-using actor ever nominated for a Tony Award.

The 31 year old, best known for her guest-starring role as Betty Pillsbury on the TV show “Glee,” received a nomination for Broadway’s highest honor for her role as Ado Annie in the 2019 revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” — a role that wasn’t originally written with reference to disability. “They didn’t have an actress in a wheelchair in mind. They said I was the best person for the role and I happen to be in a chair,”