(UNION, NJ) -- Join Broadway's Tony Award-winning performer Ali Stroker for an intimate live streamed concert with ASL interpretation and live captioning from the stage of Kean University's Enlow Recital Hall on Saturday, February 27 at 7:30pm EST. An Evening with Ali Stroker will feature songs from the Great American Songbook from such composers as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Sondheim, Carole King, Stephen Schwartz, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more!
Ali Stroker won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Ado Annie in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! She made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway in Deaf West’s acclaimed 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. Stroker is an honorary board member of The National Disability Theatre. Ali’s dedication to improving lives through the arts, disabled or not, is captured in her motto: “Making Your Limitations Your Opportunities”.
“Presenting Ali Stroker has been a dream of ours and we’re delighted that she will bring her incredible talent, her energetic grace and amazing voice to Enlow Recital Hall,” said Steve Cochran, Manager of Kean Stage. “In our continuing efforts to make our shows more inclusive and accessible, we’re making live captioning and ASL interpretation available for our patrons with hearing loss and deafness.”
Kean Stage has continued its commitment to offering world-class presentations that reflect the diversity of the arts, audiences and artists. In October, Kean Stage made its return to live performances with The Doo Wop Project and The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular at Kean University’s Alumni Stadium. The following month, Kean Stage hosted the virtual ReelAbilities New Jersey Film Festival in celebration of the lives, stories and artistic abilities of people with all types of disabilities. In December, Kean Stage shifted its focus to virtual Broadway concerts. Andrea McArdle, the 1977 Tony Award nominee for Best Actress in a Musical, was the first to perform on the Enlow Recital Hall stage in nine months.
An Evening with Ali Stroker, a one night only event, will be live streamed from Enlow Recital Hall on Saturday, February 27 at 7:30pm EST. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online,
Founded in 1855, Kean University is one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving more than 16,000 students. The University’s six undergraduate colleges offer more than 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers six doctoral degree programs and more than 80 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union, Toms River, Jefferson and Manahawkin, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable and accessible world-class education.
Kean Stage at Kean University educates, entertains and challenges audiences by presenting high-quality programs that reflect the diversity of the region and of the arts. These cultural offerings complement the intellectual life of the classroom for our students, increase opportunities for community engagement, and provide affordable access to the arts for New Jersey residents. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy a wide range of professional theatre, Broadway tours, dance performances, concerts, international films and family-friendly shows. In addition, Kean Stage encourages University students to attend events, and provides several opportunities to explore the performing arts through master classes, workshops, lectures, and employment opportunities as ushers, backstage technicians and box office staff.
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