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Anika Noni Rose
ANIKA NONI ROSE You may have seen Anika in theaters as far away as Rome where she was a featured vocalist at the Vatican in Leonard Bernstein's Mass. Classically trained in drama at The American Conservatory Theater, this Tony Award-winning actress was best known for her stage work before being cast as Lorrell in Paramount's movie/musical Dreamgirls. On the heels of Dreamgirls, Rose filmed the independent comedy feature Just Add Water, and was cast in USA Network's hit mini-series The Starter Wife. This past summer, Anika spent two months in Africa portraying Mma. Makutsi in Anthony Minghella's production of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Based on the Alexander McCall Smith novels, the series is being produced by the Weinstein Company for the BBC and HBO. Last year Anika made history when she was cast as the voice of Princess Tiana--Disney's first Black animated princess, in The Princess and the Frog (Christmas 2009). Rose credits her ability to succeed in different mediums to the training she has received on stage, performing in shows as diverse as Broadway's Caroline or Change (2004 Tony Award), Purlie, and Footloose. She has also appeared in Off-Broadway's Eli's Comin', and in regional productions of Threepenny Opera, Tartuffe, Valley Song, and Insurrection: Holding History. She has received many awards for her theater work including the Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Theater World Award, Clarence Derwent Award, Los Angeles Critic's Circle Award, Ovation Award, Backstage West Drama-Logue/Garland Award, and a Drama Desk nomination. Currently, Anika can be seen on Broadway as Maggie in Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, opposite Terrence Howard, James Earl Jones, and Phylicia Rashad.

Bio as of July, 2008.

American Theatre Wing programs, interviews and/or credits include:

SpringboardNYC Mentor - 2008

Internet Broadway Database Listing (IBDB.com)