Anika Noni Rose
Character: Paris Price
Tony® Award winner, Anika Noni Rose is back on Broadway starring alongside Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll in the revival of “A Raisin in the Sun,” which opened April 3rd.
On the big screen, Rose starred as “Lorell Robinson” in “Dreamgirls” which went on to receive an AFI ensemble award, as well as SAG® award nomination for outstanding cast. In addition, the “Dreamgirls” soundtrack received a Grammy®Award nomination. Rose voiced “Princess Tiana” in Disney’s “The Princess and The Frog,” featuring the first African American Disney princess. The film received three Oscar® nominations and she became the youngest inductee to ever be honored as a Disney Legend. Rose’s additional film credits include “Imperial Dreams,” which made its premiere at Sundance this year, “Half of a Yellow Sun,” “For Colored Girls,” “Just Add Water,” “As Cool As I am” and the animated feature “Khumba,” where she voiced the character “Lungisa.”
No stranger to television, Rose most recently starred in the Hallmark special “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” and appeared on some of the highest rated shows including her re-occurring roles on CBS’s “The Good Wife” and ABC’s “Private Practice.” In addition she guest starred on CBS’s “Elementary” and FOX’s “The Simpsons” (voice of Abie’s long lost wife). Other TV credits include: the A+E miniseries “Stephen King’s Bag of Bones” opposite Pierce Brosnan and “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” for HBO/BBC/Weinstein Company, where she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Rose won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in “Caroline, or Change.” She starred in the Broadway revival of “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” “Footloose” and the Off-Broadway production of the Laura Nyro musical Eli’s “Comin’” and the Stephen Sondheim’s Company for the NY Philharmonic and PBS. Other stage work includes “Juliet” opposite Orlando Bloom with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Tchaikovsky live with the LA Philharmonic. In addition to the winning the Tony Award, Rose has also received The Theater World Award, The Clarence Derwent Award, a Drama Desk nomination, the Los Angeles Critics’ Circle Award, an Ovation Award and an Obie Award. She has also received NAACP Image nominations for her work on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC), and Hallmark Hall of Fame: “Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith “(ABC).
Rose has sung all over the world, including at the 79th Annual Academy Awards, concerts in London’s West End with Jason Robert Brown, the Vatican, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She made her solo cabaret debut in New York as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, followed by a concert at the Broad Stage in Los Angeles and appearances at the legendary Venetian Room in San Francisco. Rose is the celebrity spokesperson for the American Lung Association and has lobbied on Capitol Hill on their behalf, and started The Cora Lee Bentley Radcliffe memorial Fund, to assist mentally challenged children. She received her MFA from American Conservatory Theater and holds an honorary Doctorate from Florida A&M University.
Rose currently resides in Los Angeles.