Exclusive: Frankie J. Grande Dishes on the Inspirational Message Behind ‘Henry Danger The Musical’

Exclusive: Frankie J. Grande Dishes on the Inspirational Message Behind ‘Henry Danger The Musical’
Photo: Nickelodeon

Frankini is returning to unleash musical madness over the town of Swellview!

To celebrate the upcoming “Henry Danger The Musical” episode, a 60-minute special that features 26 original Broadway-style songs, we caught up with multi-talented actor, reality TV personality and performer Frankie J. Grande, who plays the persistent pest responsible for casting a chaotic curse on the town.

Tune in July 27th at 8/7c to find out how Kid Danger and Captain Man stop him, and keep scrolling for the 411 on all things Frankie: from his most memorable on-set moment to the message he hopes fans will take away from the episode, and everything in between!

What was it like working with the young — and talented — cast?!
Frankie: Interestingly, I have never actually been in a scene with any of the younger cast members until this episode and I got to work with Ella which was super exciting…she is truly wonderful…It’s been really cool to kinda watch them grow up throughout the series…They’re so dedicated and professional and good! I take so much inspiration from them.

Is it fun letting out your inner-kid working on “Henry Danger”?
Frankie: I don’t have an inner kid…I’m a child at all times! But the fact that I’m on a Nickelodeon TV show, it just makes the most sense…I am a kid [at heart] and that’s what I have the most fun doing…My first professional job was Boots on “Dora The Explorer Live” on Nickelodeon…it’s truly [a full circle].

What was the most memorable moment on set?
Frankie: One of my solo numbers…we shot in only two takes, which is huge! My mother was on set and she audibly screamed. She was like, “how did they do that?” It’s unheard of! Another was the park scene. We had 30 people in it! I was dancing and fighting in heels, heavy-heeled boots. I had to do it over and over and over again…eight hours of solid dance…my legs were jello! I had to crawl into bed after that.

Besides the heels you wore in that scene, which costume was your favorite?
Frankie: The chair dance look! It’s called “Frankini Raises the Stakes,” and it’s also my favorite number. It’s a sparkly, unitard with sparkled crystaled shoes and a bowler hat and tails. It’s so fabulous!

In what ways is playing Frankini a d ream role for you?
Frankie: It’s a huge deal…it’s my role. It was written for me…so it’s really cool that he’s come back so many times. I hope he come back a million more times! [This episode in particular is] a culmination of a lot of my work. I’m a musical theater trainer and I never thought I’d be able to show it quite to this extent, and I’m showing all my tricks here. There’s nothing left up to the imagination! I am putting it all out there.

What do you want fans to take away from the episode?
Frankie: Don’t be afraid to do the things you never thought you could. It’s also a message for everyone in the cast. Everyone worked so hard to learn and put on this amazing musical. It was scary at times and then it turned out to be beautiful so I think the message for everybody watching should be that when you push yourself, you might be really surprised by the results.

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