- Made her Broadway debut in 1998 as Rusty in the musical Footloose.
- Won a 2001 Obie Award, along with the rest of the cast, for the off-Broadway play Eli's Comin'.
- First major movie role was in the 2003 comedy From Justin to Kelly.
- Auditioned for a back-up-singer role in the 2004 Broadway musical Caroline, or Change but got the supporting role of Emmie, which earned her many accolades as well as a Tony.
- Had to wear 6-inch heels in Dreamgirls to appear in frame with much taller costars Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Hudson.
- Played Maggie in the all-black 2008 Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
- Provided the voice for Princess Tiana, Disney's first black princess, in the 2009 animated movie The Princess and the Frog.
- 2007, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
- 2014, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
- 2004, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Winner
- 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- Claudia Rose — Mother
- John Rose Jr. — Father
- Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL (BA in Theater); American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA (MFA, 1997)
- Birth Place: Bloomfield, CT
- Profession: Actor, Singer
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