Anika Noni Rose
|Anika Noni Rose|
Rose at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards
September 6, 1972 |
Bloomfield, Connecticut, U.S.
|Education||Florida A&M University
American Conservatory Theatre
|Awards||2004 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical; Emmie Thibodeaux - Caroline, or Change
2011 Disney Legend Award; Animation (voice) – The Princess and the Frog
Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972) is an American singer and actress known for her Tony Award-winning performance in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change and her starring role as Lorrell Robinson in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. She also starred as Tiana, an African American princess in Walt Disney Pictures' 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog. In 2014, Rose played the role of Beneatha Younger in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. She was named a Disney Legend in 2011.
Rose was born in Bloomfield, Connecticut. In her high school freshman year, she appeared in a school production and caught the acting bug. She then attended Florida A&M University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in theatre, and started studying drama at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California.
Rose moved to New York without a job. 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 Emmie Thibodeaux in Caroline, or Change. In 2004, she was awarded the Theatre World Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress, and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Caroline, or Change. In 2014, Rose returned to Broadway in a revival of A Raisin in the Sun, receiving a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
After her film debut, King of the Bingo Game, she played the role of Kaya in From Justin to Kelly in 2003 and she performed in Temptation in 2004, 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 appeared in the films Just Add Water, Razor, and Disney's 2009 animated feature The Princess and the Frog, as the voice of the lead character Tiana; the character is Disney's first African-American princess. Rose hosted a hometown screening of The Princess and the Frog for children from the Charter Oak Cultural Center, a non-profit multi-cultural arts center that provides free after-school programs in Hartford, Connecticut. Rose also stars alongside Jill Scott in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency directed by Anthony Minghella.
In 2010, she played the role of Yasmine in the movie For Colored Girls. One critic described Rose's performance as "especially fierce". She played the role of Sara Tidwell in the A&E miniseries Bag of Bones in 2011, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.
Rose was named a Disney Legend on August 19, 2011. In 2012, she guest-starred in "Gone Abie Gone", episode 3, season 24 of The Simpsons, voicing Abe Simpson's second wife, Rita LaFleur. The episode originally aired November 11 of that year.
Rose played the adult "Kizzy" in two episodes of television's Roots (2016 miniseries), an adaptation of the novel by Alex Haley and remake of the ground-breaking 1977 miniseries. Critic Alan Sepinwall, in suggesting Emmy nominees to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, called her "one of the best parts of the outstanding Roots ensemble." She has a role in the Starz series Power and the leading role in the 2017 BET drama The Quad.
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
- 2010: Black Reel Award – Best Voice Performance – The Princess and the Frog
- 2010: Black Reel Award – Best Song (Original or Adapted) "Almost There" – The Princess and the Frog
- 2011: Black Reel Award – Outstanding Ensemble – For Colored Girls
- 2011: Disney Legend Award – Animation (voice) – The Princess and the Frog
- 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 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
- 2010: Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture - The Princess and the Frog
- 2010: Black Reel Award- Best Ensemble- The Princess and the Frog
- 2010: Image Award- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
- 2011: Black Reel Award- Best Ensemble - For Colored Girls
- 2011: Black Reel Award- Best Supporting Actress - For Colored Girls
- 2011: Image Award- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - For Colored Girls
- 2012: Image Award - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
- 2014: Tony Award - Best Featured Actress in a Play - A Raisin in the Sun
|1998||Valley Song||Veronica Jonkers|
|Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Browne||His Soul|
|Threepenny Opera||Polly Peachum|
|2001||Carmen Jones [The York Theatre Company]||Cindy Lou|
|Eli's Comin'||The Woman|
|Me and Mrs. Jones||Cookie|
|2003–2004||Caroline, or Change [Eugene O'Neill Theater, Broadway, NYC]||Emmie Thibodeaux|
|2008||Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [Broadhurst Theater, Broadway, NYC]||Maggie "The Cat"|
|2013||Hamilton – Vassar College Reading||Angelica Schuyler|
|2014||A Raisin in the Sun||Beneatha Younger|
|1999||King of the Bingo Game||Film Noir Female|
|2000||Leonard Bernstein's Mass at Vatican City||Ensemble|
|2003||From Justin to Kelly||Kaya|
|2006||Dreamgirls||Lorrell Maya Robinson|
|2008||Just Add Water||R'ch'lle|
|2009||The Princess and the Frog||Tiana (voice)|
|2010||For Colored Girls||Yasmine|
|2013||As Cool as I Am||Frances|
|Half of a Yellow Sun||Kainene|
|2014||Imperial Dreams||Miss Price|
|The Blue Mauritius||Makeda|
|2001||100 Centre Street||Unknown||Episode: "Domestic Abuses"|
|2002||Third Watch||Monay||Episode: "Thicker Than Water"|
|2007||The Starter Wife||Lavender||Miniseries|
|2008–09||The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency||Grace Makutsi||7 episodes|
|2010–13||The Good Wife||Wendy Scott-Carr||14 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Miriam Deng||Episode: "Scorched Earth"|
|2011||Have a Little Faith||Annette||TV movie|
|2011||Bag of Bones||Sara Tidwell||TV movie|
|2012||Private Practice||Corrine Bennett||5 episodes|
|2012||Elementary||Dr. Carrie Dwyer||Episode: "Lesser Evils"|
|2012||The Simpsons||Rita LaFleur (voice)||Episode: "Gone Abie Gone"|
|2013||The Watsons Go to Birmingham||Wilona Sands Watson||TV movie|
|2014||Sofia the First||Princess Tiana (voice)||Episode: "Winter's Gift"|
|2014||A Day Late and a Dollar Short||Paris Price||TV movie|
|2015–16||Bates Motel||Liz Babbitt||5 episodes|
|2016||Power||LaVerne "Jukebox" Thomas|
|2016||Roots||Kizzy Waller||2 episodes|
|2017-present||The Quad||Dr. Eva Fletcher|
|2015–2016||Vixen||Kuasa (voice)||8 episodes|
|2011||Kinect Disneyland Adventures||Princess Tiana (voice)|
- Rizzo, Frank (June 7, 2004). "Killer Performances ; 'Avenue Q,' 'Wife,' 'Assassins,' Phylicia Rashad Top Winners; 58Th Annual Tony Awards". Hartford Courant.
- Gutman, Les."ACurtainUpReview:Eli's Comin'" Curtain Up.com, based on 5/2/01 performance, accessed September 1, 2011
- 2014 Tony Award Nominations - The Complete List; A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE Leads With 10! broadwayworld.com, Retrieved May 5, 2014
- Rodman, Sarah (December 6, 2009). "Wearing the crown". The Boston Globe.
- Kimberly Nordyke (June 25, 2007). "Rose lands 'Agency' role". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved June 29, 2007.
- Schwarzbaum, Lisa (November 3, 2010). "For Colored Girls". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
- Levine, Stuart (August 3, 2011). "Rose lands role in 'Bag of Bones'". Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
- "Photo Flash: Lea Salonga, Anika Noni Rose, Paige O'Hara et al. Honored at D23 Expo" BroadwayWorld.com, August 20, 2011
- "NAACP Image Awards Winner Include 'The Help,' Stars Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis". The Hollywood Reporter. February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- "Anika Noni Rose: "Half of a Yellow Sun" actress joins TV series "Power"". Pulse Nigeria. Chidumga Izuzu. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
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