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Anika Noni Rose plays Mma Makutsi
Anika Noni Rose believes it was a gift to be able to come to
Botswana and tell this tale: "It is such a positive story of
people making a life. I hope it allows the world to see
Africa/Africans as people instead of an issue. We all live
under the same sun; it just happens to be a little hotter
here in Botswana."
Anika came to prominence when she was cast as Lorrell Robinson opposite Jamie Foxx, Beyonce
Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson in the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical
On the heels of Dreamgirls she appeared in the comedy feature One Part Sugar and played
Lavender in the TV series The Starter Wife with Debra Messing.
Her impressive list of theatre credits includes the Broadway production of Footloose, the Off-Broadway
production Eli's Comin' based on the music of Laura Nyro, for which she received an Obie Award; at San
Francisco's ACT she starred in Threepenny Opera and in their production of Tartuffe. She also starred
in NY Encore's production of Purlie.
Anika received a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in
the widely acclaimed production of Tony Kushner's and Jeanine Tesori's Caroline, Or Change, which she
performed in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
She is currently appearing as Maggie in Cat
On A Hot Tin Roof on Broadway and in 2009 will be heard as Princess Tiana in Disney's upcoming
animated feature of Randy Newman's The Princess And The Frog.