Ali Stroker makes Tonys history with win

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Earlier in the night, Mendes was named victor in the best direction of a play category to scoop his first directing Tony Award.

The production also picked up the awards for best scenic design and best costume design.

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.

The bountiful crop of Tony wins for "Hadestown, " a folk- and jazz-infused retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, followed a lengthy and circuitous journey for the show. "It is a failure of imagination" by the people whose job it is to bring imagination to life. "There are so many women who are ready to go, " said Chavkin.

The Northern Irish drama The Ferryman has won the prestigious best play gong at the Tony theatre awards in the US.

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Stroker, as the "girl who can't say no" Ado Annie, became the first actor performing in a wheelchair to win a Tony. "Demagoguery is the enemy of the people". Stroker's amusing and dynamic performance as flirty Ado Annie in "Oklahoma!" earned her the prize for best featured actress in a musical.

Almost 60 years after her Broadway debut, the legendary Elaine May, 87, won the Tony for best lead actress in a play for her performance as an elderly Manhattan art gallery operator descending into dementia in Kenneth Lonergan's "The Waverly Gallery". "But when it works, it's like nowhere else in the world".

"I remember being a very, very young guy - 6 or 7, seeing "Boys in the Band" on television - and it was the only thing that I had, the only group of gay men I had ever seen", he told reporters backstage.

Elaine May scored a victory for lead actress for her performance in "The Waverly Garden", beating a packed field that included Annette Bening, Janet McTeer and Laurie Metcalf.

Hosted by late night television personality James Corden, the Tonys cap a record season for Broadway, both in ticket sales and box office receipts, which exceeded 1.8 billion USA dollars. "Ain't Too Proud" followed with 12 nods and "Tootsie" with 11. May, a director, writer and actress, is also known for her comic partnership dating to the 1950s with late film director Mike Nichols. "I love you. We did it!"

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