In addition to the Tony Award in 2004 for her portrayal of Emmie, Anika also received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress (Off Broadway), the Theatre World (debut) and Clarence Derwent Awards (cash award from Actors Equity Association).
Anika portrayed Maggie in an all African-American cast of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, a Broadway revival directed by Debbie Allen in 2008.
Rose has a caricature at famed New York's Sardi's.
She got her first role on Broadway as a replacement in "Footloose."
In 1990, she graduated from Bloomfield High School in her hometown of Bloomfield, Connecticut.
Rose: (commenting on what her original career plans were) For a long time I wanted to be a veterinarian but I realized I have no stomach for animals in pain. So that went out the window real quick.