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FutureStarrAnika Noni Rose:
en.wikipedia.org)Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for voicing Tiana, Disney's first African-American movie protagonist, as seen in The Princess and the Frog (2009). She was named a Disney Legend in 2011. (Source:
A seasoned stage singer and actress, Anika Noni Rose earned a Tony Award for her role in the 2004 Broadway musical "Caroline, or Change," before turning heads on both the big and small screen. Her inauspicious film debut in the disastrous "American Idol" spin-off film, "From Justin to Kelly" (2003), was easily eclipsed by her vibrant leading role in the Academy Award-nominated screen adaptation of the musical, "Dreamgirls" (2006). Rose went on to establish herself with a number of acclaimed "firsts" - starring in the charming HBO series "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" (2008-09), the first screen production ever filmed in Botswana, Africa, as well as voicing Disney's first African-American fairy tale princess in the animated musical, "The Princess and the Frog" (2009) and co-starring in Tyler Perry's adaptation of "For Colored Girls" (2010). No matter what the project - whether live action or animated, television or silver screen - the multi-talented Rose always displayed an appealing blend of strong-willed independence, subtle wit and outstanding vocal chops. (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)
We are excited to welcome Tony Award-winning actress and NAACP Image Award nominee Anika Noni Rose as the next Revolutionary in Residence. Anika has empowered and inspired audiences through her portrayals of strong, female characters such as ‘Lorell Robinson’ in Dreamgirls, ‘Princess Tiana’ in Disney’s The Princess and The Frog, and Kizzy in History Channel’s adaption of Roots.
Anika Noni Rose made her Broadway debut in Footloose in 2000 and received a Tony Award for the musical Caroline or Change. Other Broadway credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Raisin in the Sun alongside Denzel Washington. She recently appeared off-Broadway in Classic Stage Company's production of Carmen Jones. The silky soprano is also known for starring in Disney’s animated The Princess and the Frog and the film adaptation of Dreamgirls. (Source: www.broadway.com)