Anika Noni Rose To Star In Off Broadway Play ‘Carmen Jones’
One monkey don’t stop no show, just ask Anika Noni Rose. Amidst reports that her BET show, The Quad, was canceled, she’s landed another gig. The actress will star in an off-Broadway production of Carmen Jones, her first appearance in a musical since winning a Tony Award for 2004’s Broadway production of Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change.
The play will be a limited engagement beginning June 8 through July 29.
Carmen Jones tells the story of a tempestuous parachute factory worker who ignites her own battle in a tragic love triangle with an airman and a prizefighter. Adapted from Bizet’s legendary opera Carmen, Hammerstein shifted the story from Spain to World War II America, featuring an all African-American cast. The original production premiered on Broadway in 1943, and a 1954 film version, directed by Otto Preminger, starred Dorothy Dandridge (whose Oscar nomination for the role was the first for an African-American actress) and Harry Belafonte.
Rose is known for her Tony Award-winning performance in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change and her starring role as Lorrell Robinson in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. She also voiced Tiana, an African-American princess in Walt Disney Pictures’ 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog. In 2014, Rose played the role of Beneatha Younger in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. She was named a Disney Legend in 2011.