Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose is returning to her theater roots this summer in a new production of the iconic musical Carmen Jones.

According to DEADLINE, the limited engagement will begin June 8 and is directed by John Doyle along with choreography by the legendary Bill T. Jones.

Carmen Jones is set in the South as World War II rages overseas and 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. The original Broadway production debuted in 1943 followed by a 1954 film version starring icons Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte and Pearl Bailey.

Joining Rose on stage are David Aron Damane, Erica Dorfler, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Justin Keyes, Lindsay Roberts, Soara-Joye Ross, Lawrence E. Street and Tramell Tillman. The role of Joe has yet to be cast.

Rose was last seen on stage in A Raisin in the Sun and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. She has also appeared in such films as Dreamgirls, For Colored Girls, The Princess and the Frog and most recently Everything, Everything. She was also the star of BET’s dramatic HBCU series The Quad, which was canceled this week.

Stay tuned…

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