Ali Stroker makes Tonys history with win

Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon announce the nominees for the 2019 Tony Awards | Taylor Hill  WireImage

Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon announce the nominees for the 2019 Tony Awards | Taylor Hill WireImage

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards will again be hosted by James Corden and will celebrate the most impressive players on the stage scene on Sunday, June 9 at Radio City Music Hall in NY.

Stroker, as the "girl who can't say no" Ado Annie, became the first actor performing in a wheelchair to win a Tony.

"This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena", she said. Mitchell, who is named for the writer Anaïs Nin, kept developing the theatrical version of the show. In 2018, the production came to St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn before debuting on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre this year.

Fish, 52, an alumnus of the Dwight-Englewood School, was also nominated for best direction of a musical.

Rachel Chavkin, the only woman to helm a new Broadway musical this season, won the Tony for best director of a musical for "Hadestown".

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"Tootsie" is expected to bring a Tony for lead actor Santino Fontana, while Bryan Cranston, favored as the unhinged TV news anchor in the play "Network", faces competition from Jeff Daniels as noble white lawyer Atticus Finch in the racial drama "To Kill a Mockingbird".

The 2019 Tony Awards aired Sunday night at 8 p.m. on CBS. "Demagoguery is the enemy of the people".

The supporting musical actress Tony went to Ali Stroker for a reinvented staging of the classic musical, "Oklahoma!", which won best revival of a musical.

Taylor Mac's outfit: Pulitzer Prize finalist and nominated Gary playwright Taylor Mac appeared on stage to introduce the Best Play nominee dressed in an outfit as vibrant and singular as the play itself. Butterworth dedicated his Tony to "everyone who lost loved ones in the Troubles". She won the award for best featured actress in a musical. Attendance climbed 9.5 percent over the year before, and box-office grosses soared by more than 10 percent, according to the Broadway League.

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