‘90s Kids Can Relive Their Youths with Cruel Intentions and Frankie J. Grande

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Frankie Grande

Big Brother-alum and LGBT force of nature Frankie J. Grande has joined the cast of the stage musical version of Cruel Intentions. Grande takes on the role of Blaine Tuttle — made famous on the big screen by Joshua Jackson — as of Sunday, March 18 at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Grande — who is also known for appearing on Celebrity Big Brother UK and for being the brother of pop star Ariana Grande — began his Broadway career in Mamma Mia! and most recently starred in a production Rock of Ages. Some of his other Off-Broadway credits include turns in the parody Pageant and a regional production of Crazy For You, in which he played the toe-tapping lead role of Bobby Child. Grande has also participated as a producer in several Broadway productions, including Hamlet starring Jude Law, La Bête starring David Hyde Pierce, and Born Yesterday starring Jim Belushi.

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Featuring popular pop and rock hits of the ‘90s from bands including No Doubt, *NSYNC, Counting Crows and more, Cruel intentions: The Musical is based on Roger Kumble’s 1999 cult-hit film (which was, itself, adapted from the novel and film Dangerous Liasons). Punctuated by songs such as Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” and The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony”, the plot follows manipulative step-siblings Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil, who place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can charm Annette Hargrove — the incoming headmaster’s daughter — into giving up her innocence to him. Along the way, the step-siblings find themselves as both players and pawns in a vicious game of emotional manipulation.

The Cruel Intentions musical debuted in 2015 at The Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles, where it ran for 38 sold-out performances. A second sold-out run at LA’s Prospect Theatre took place in November 2016. The piece’s current surge in popularity began in February 2017, when the musical played a “pop-up” engagement at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Due to popular demand, the show was re-introduced in November 2017 for a 10-week run and has been extended multiple times.

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Last modified: February 14, 2019