'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Stage adaptations of beloved movies and literary classics are trending on Broadway this season, with productions of "Rocky," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Of Mice and Men," "Aladdin" and "A Raisin in the Sun" included in the stellar lineup of shows.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Beyonce wouldn't audition for 'Princess and the Frog,' report says

Beyonce wouldn't audition for 'Princess and the Frog,' report says

NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood casting director Jen Rudin says pop star Beyonce refused to audition for the lead in the animated movie "The Princess and the Frog."
Denzel Washington returning to Broadway

Denzel Washington returning to Broadway

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Denzel Washington is to play Walter Lee Younger in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's drama "A Raisin in the Sun," producers announced Thursday.
Rose, Broderick to read Tony nominees list

Rose, Broderick to read Tony nominees list

NEW YORK, April 14 (UPI) -- Anika Noni Rose and Matthew Broderick have been tapped to announce the nominees for the 2011 Tony Awards for theater in New York, organizers said.
Mo'Nique returns to TV after Oscar win

Mo'Nique returns to TV after Oscar win

NEW YORK, March 10 (UPI) -- Mo'Nique has returned to work on her late-night chat show after winning an Oscar at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, BET said.
Rose calls 'Princess' role 'amazing'

Rose calls 'Princess' role 'amazing'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Anika Noni Rose says people's reactions to the main character in "The Princess and the Frog" may vary depending on where and when they were raised.
'Princess' up for 8 Annie Awards

'Princess' up for 8 Annie Awards

BURBANK, Calif., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- "The Princess and the Frog" received eight nominations, including one for best animated feature, when Annie Award nods were announced in Los Angeles.
Disney to release 10 animated films by '12

Disney to release 10 animated films by '12

NEW YORK, April 8 (UPI) -- The Walt Disney Studios unveiled at a New York news conference Tuesday a slate of 10 animated feature movies to be released through 2012.

Jones, Rashad to star in Allen's 'Cat'

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Terrence Howard, Anika Noni Rose, James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad are set to star in Debbie Allen's new staging of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway.

Terrence Howard to star in B'way's 'Cat'

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Terrence Howard plans to make his Broadway debut playing Brick in the upcoming African-American production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

'Dreamgirls' gets 8 Image Award nominatons

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The critically acclaimed movie "Dreamgirls" is in position to win big at the 38th NAACP Image Awards to be held in Los Angeles in March. E! Online reports that the film is "sitting pretty" with eight nominations, including one for Outstanding Motion Pictu

Hudson sings way from church to stardom

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls" Golden Globe nominee, says she got her singing start in a Baptist church in the roughest area of Chicago's South Side.

'Wife' and 'Avenue Q' top Tonys

NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) -- "I Am My Own Wife" won the top Tony award for a play Sunday night and the irrepressible "Avenue Q" won for best musical.
Anika Noni Rose
Michael Feinstein and Anika Noni Rose smile while on a float approaching Herald Square during the Macy's 81st Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on November 22, 2007. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo) .

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 roles in the films Dreamgirls and The Princess and the Frog.

Rose was born in Bloomfield, Connecticut. In her freshman year in high school, 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 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.

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