Anika Noni Rose was best known for her work on stage, but in 2006, that all changed when Rose portrayed Lorrell Robinson, opposite Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson in the critically acclaimed, screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical 'Dreamgirls.'
Soon after, Rose was cast in the original television adaptation of 'The Starter Wife' opposite Debra Messing. She also did a small part in the comedy feature 'One Part Sugar,' with Danny DeVito and Justin Long.
Classically trained in drama at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, Rose moved to New York City to pursue her career and her dream of appearing on Broadway. Her goal was first realized when she replaced another actor for the last few months of the Broadway run of 'Footloose.'
In 2004, Rose was honored with a Tony® Award for her performance in the widely acclaimed Broadway show 'Caroline, or Change.' She also won a Lucille Lortell Award, a Theatre World Award, a Clarence Derwent Award, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her work in the musical. A reprisal of her role in Los Angeles earned her both the Los Angeles Critic's Circle Award and an Ovation Award.
In 2007, Anika starred on Broadway as Maggie in the all-black cast of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' opposite James Earl Jones, Terrence Howard and Phylicia Rashad.
Her impressive theatre repertoire also includes: her Obie Award-winning work on 'Eli's Comin' and 'Purlie,' 'Threepenny Opera' and 'Tartuffe' at A.C.T's Geary Theater. While in California, Rose received a Drama-Logue Ensemble Award for her role in 'Insurrection: Holding History,' and won a Garland/Drama-Logue Award for 'Valley Song' at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
In addition to her stage work, Rose was a featured vocalist at the Vatican in Leonard Bernstein's 'Mass' and has appeared on television in guest roles on such series as 'Third Watch' and 'Hack.' She also had a lead role in the film 'From Justin to Kelly.'