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Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972) is a Tony Award-winning singer and actress.


Early life

Rose was born in Bloomfield, Connecticutmarker to Claudia and John Rose, Jr., a corporate counsel for the city of Hartford. In her freshman year in high school, she appeared in a school production and caught the acting bug. She then attended Florida A&M Universitymarker where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre, and started studying drama at the American Conservatory Theatremarker in San Francisco, Californiamarker.


Rose moved to New York without a job, and after three months she secured the role of Rusty in Broadway's Footloose. She followed Footloose with numerous workshops and two musicals using pre-existing song catalogs, Eli's Comin' off-Broadway and Me and Mrs. Jones with Lou Rawls in Philadelphia. Both of the full-scale tuners were rumored for transfers, but neither made it anywhere after their limited engagements ended. Rose's big Broadway break was getting cast as Tonya Pinkins' character Caroline's daughter in Caroline, or Change. In 2004, Rose was awarded the Theatre World Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, for Caroline, or Change.

Rose's debut in movies came with the 1999 film King of the Bingo Game as "film noir female". In 2003, she played the role of Kaya in From Justin to Kelly, in 2004 she performed in Temptation, followed by Surviving Christmas as a singer in the choir. In 2006, Rose starred in Dreamgirls as Lorrell Robinson with Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. Rose is scheduled to appear in the upcoming films Just Add Water, Razor, and in Disney's upcoming animated feature The Princess and the Frog as the voice of the lead character Tiana. The character is Disney's first African American princess. She also stars alongside Jill Scott in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency directed by Anthony Minghella. On November 22nd Rose sang the National Anthem at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season closer, the Ford 400 to promote the new movie.

Awards and nominations

  • 1998: Dean Goodman Choice Award – Valley Song
  • 1998: Garland/Drama Logue Award – Valley Song
  • 1999: S.F. Bay Guardian Upstage/Downstage Award – Valley Song and Threepenny Opera
  • 2001: OBIE Award – Eli's Comin'
  • 2004: Clarence Derwent Award – Caroline, or Change
  • 2004: Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress – Caroline, or Change
  • 2004: Theatre World Award – Caroline, or Change
  • 2004: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical – Caroline, or Change
  • 2004: Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Caroline, or Change
  • 2007: Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Dreamgirls
  • 2007: Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture – Dreamgirls
  • 2008: Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Mini-Series/ Television Movie – The Starter Wife
  • 2008: Grammy Award Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media- Dreamgirls
  • 2009: Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, Comedy or Television-Movie or Mini-Series- Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency



Year Show Role
1998 Valley Song Veronica Jonkers
Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Browne His Soul
1999 Tartuffe Marianne
Threepenny Opera Polly Peachum
2000 Footloose Rusty
Aida Amneris
2001 Carmen Jones Cindy Lou
Eli's Comin' The Woman
Me and Mrs. Jones Cookie
2003-2004 Caroline, or Change Emmie Thibodeaux
2008 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Maggie "The Cat"


Year Movie Character
1999 King of the Bingo Game Film Noir Female
2000 Leonard Bernstein's Mass at Vatican City Ensemble
2003 From Justin to Kelly Kaya
2004 Temptation Fog
Surviving Christmas Choir
2006 Dreamgirls Lorrell Maya Robinson
2007 Just Add Water R'ch'lle
2009 The Princess and the Frog Tiana (voice)


Year Show Role
2001 100 Centre Street (1 Episode) -
2002 Third Watch (1 Episode) Monay
2007 The Starter Wife (miniseries) Lavender
2008-09 The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Grace Makutsi


  1. Curtain Up

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