Westport, Connecticut – Westport Country Playhouse will present “An Evening with Ali Stroker”, winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Ado Annie in the Broadway production of “Oklahoma!” By Rodgers and Hammerstein, Saturday July 24 at 8 pm.. The live, in-person performance is part of the Playhouse’s series, “Cabaret in the Robards,” featuring Broadway musical talent.
“Ali Stroker is nothing less than a force of nature,” said Mark Lamos, artistic director of Westport Country Playhouse. “I first experienced his striking and electric stage presence in the powerful Broadway cover of Deaf West’s ‘Spring Awakening’. But that didn’t prepare me for the sheer zest and comedic scale and musical sense of Broadway that it brought to the recent revival of “Oklahoma!” She tore up the place and stopped the show as Teen Annie – the best I’ve ever seen – and also brought depth, sweet sensitivity and, well, joy to the role. For this, she won a well-deserved Tony Award. I’m thrilled that she is appearing on the Playhouse stage and can’t wait to see what she does next, as Ali is a truly one of a kind star with all kinds of magic up her sleeve.
Last winter, Stroker starred in the Lifetime holiday movie, “Christmas Ever After”. She made history as the first wheelchair actress to appear on Broadway in Deaf West’s acclaimed 2015 revival of “Spring Awakening.” She starred in 12 episodes of “The Glee Project”, culminating in a guest role on Fox’s “Glee”. She returned to the ABC series, “Ten Days in the Valley,” and starred in CBS’s “Blue Bloods,” Freeform’s “The Bold Type,” Fox’s “Lethal Weapon,” CBS’s “Instinct,” “Charmed. , “And” Drunk History “from Comedy Central. She recently co-wrote a novel,” The Chance to Fly, “which was published by Abrams Books. She performed her cabaret number at Green Room 42 and performed in solo at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, New York City Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Carnegie Hall. His mission to improve the lives of others through the arts, whether disabled or not, is captured in its motto: “Turn your limits into opportunities.”
Lamos added: “There is a special resonance in having Ali performing on our historical stage, since it is the same stage that premiered a piece called ‘Green Grow the Lilacs’ in 1940. Composer Richard Rodgers was convinced to come to Westport to check it out, and the next thing you know he and Oscar Hammerstein were writing “Oklahoma!” Please join me in the audience for this very special night, right? Thank you! We’ll see each other there!”
Tickets for “An Evening with Ali Stroker” start at $ 25 for performance only. Tickets for supporters, fundraising to reopen the Playhouse, start at $ 150 and include VIP perks and a pre-show cocktail.
The sponsors of “An Evening with Ali Stroker” are Athena and Daniel Adamson, and Adam Clemens.
The “Cabaret in the Robards” series kicked off in June with in-person performances by Tonya Pinkins and Brad Simmons from Broadway. The Robards, officially known as the Jason Robards Theater at Westport Country Playhouse, were named in memory of the actor who, along with his wife Lois, supported the historic theater’s major renovation in 2005.
The 2021 season of Playhouse includes two new virtual productions, “Tiny House,” a timely new comedy, written by Michael Gotch and directed by Mark Lamos, artistic director of Playhouse, from June 29 to July 18; and “Doubt: A Parable,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony Award-winning drama written by John Patrick Shanley and directed by David Kennedy, Associate Artistic Director of Playhouse, airing November 2-21. Two HD video productions from the Playhouse Archives will be released on demand, starting with the musical “Man of La Mancha” (2018), from August 23 to September 5, and John Steinbeck’s drama, “Of Mice and Men ”(2008), September 13-26. Script in Hand readings will take place from October 4 to 10 and from December 14 to 19, titles to be confirmed. All of the Playhouse’s 2021 season virtual content will be available on demand for the convenience of customers, with Spanish subtitles. The full schedule is available on westportplayhouse.org.
All artists, dates and formats are subject to change.
ABOUT WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE
Founded in 1931, Westport Country Playhouse celebrates its 90se anniversary year. The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater of the highest caliber and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse Campus. The non-profit Playhouse delivers this experience in multiple ways by delivering the highest quality live theater experiences, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore stage work; the New Works Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new live theatrical works; special shows and programs for students and teachers with full program support material; Script in Hand readings of plays to deepen relations with the public and the artists; the famous Woodward internship program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family celebrations entertainment to delight young and old and promote reading through the live theater; performance training for young people through the Broadway Method Academy, Westport Country Playhouse’s resident conservatory program; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse Campus open for fun and community events year round. Charity Navigator recently awarded the Playhouse its 4-star charity rating in recognition of its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
Photo: Ali Stroker, credit: imdb