Broadway and "Dreamgirls" Star Anika Noni Rose Cast as Disney's "Frog Princess" | Playbill

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News Broadway and "Dreamgirls" Star Anika Noni Rose Cast as Disney's "Frog Princess" Tony Award winner and "Dreamgirls" star Anika Noni Rose will give voice to the lead role in Disney's forthcoming "The Frog Princess," according to E! Online.
Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose
Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Featuring songs by Randy Newman, the animated musical film will be directed by co-writer Ron Clements, who has penned the new take on the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale with John Musker. Disney Animation has already begun production on the film for a 2009 release. Rose will lend her voice to the film's 19-year-old-heroine, the first African-American Disney princess, for the story which is reset in 1920's New Orleans. The movie will mark a return to hand-drawn animation for the company (since 2004's "Home on the Range"), a technique that has given way in recent years to its computer-generated successor.

The actress, who starred alongside Jennifer Hudson and Beyoncé as the lead trio in "Dreamgirls," is known to Broadway audiences for her Tony-winning turn in the musical Caroline, or Change.

Other stage credits include Broadway's Footloose, Off-Broadway's Eli's Comin' and the City Center Encores! mounting of Purlie.

Creators Clements and Musker have previously teamed for Disney on the films "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "Hercules," "Treasure Planet" and "Basil - The Great Mouse Detective."

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