Everything You Need to Know About 'Hadestown,' the Musical That Won Big at 2019 Tony Awards

Lovers of theatre gathered at the Radio City Music Hall Sunday night for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards, and witnessed one musical reach Hamilton status.

Hadestown, the work of Anaïs Mitchell, came into the award ceremony with 14 nominations. It concluded the show by winning eight of them–including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Direction of a Musical by Rachel Chavkin, and Best Featured Actor for André De Shields.

During the 70th annual Tony Awards in 2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton received a jaw-dropping 16 nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical and Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.

Hadestown is a 2016 stage musical adaptation of the 2010 folk opera concept album by the same name. Hadestown is centered around Orpheus (Reeve Carney), who journeys to the underworld to save his lover Eurydice (Eva Noblezada).

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Reeve Carney and the cast of Hadestown perform onstage during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Getty/Theo Wargo

Orpheus must petition Hades (Patrick Page) and Persephone (Amber Gray), the gods of the underworld, to allow him to bring her back to earth.

"Eurydice is not an agency-less victim in this version of the story, but a practical girl who chooses the security of Hadestown over her unpredictable life above ground," Mitchell told Broadway Inbound. "To me, these myths and these mythological characters feel very modern, but also ancient, they keep resonating in surprising ways."

Along with Hadestown's remarkable run at this year's Tony Awards, Oklahoma! star Ali Stroker made history by winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, the first wheelchair user to claim the trophy.

"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 — you are," Stroker said during her acceptance speech Sunday.

The 31-year-old lost the use of her legs after a car accident as a toddler. She thanked her parents Sunday night for "teaching [her] to use [her] gifts to help people."

"I love you," she told them while on stage. "We did it!"

Stroker made her Broadway debut, the first by an actress using a wheelchair, as Anna in the 2015 revival of rock musical Spring Awakening.

Aside from acting, Stroker speaks all over the world with the message of "turning your limitations into your opportunities." She is co-chair of Women Who Care, a charity that supports women with cerebral palsy in New York City, and a founding member of Be More Heroic, an anti-bullying campaign that tours the country.

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Ali Stroker accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical award for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! onstage during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Getty/Theo Wargo