Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical “In the Heights” finally premieres in theaters today, to much acclaim behind it. Critics Have Warner Bros’ Latest Musical 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with many calling it the first contender in the 2022 Oscar race.
So does “In the Heights” actually have a post-credits scene? Extra scenes are the norm in the latest superhero blockbusters from Marvel Studios and DC Films these days. But what about musicals? “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” had a funny little after-credits scene in 2018—and yes, “In the Heights” does too.
The bonus scene is another musical number – a payoff from the “Piragua” music track earlier in the film, which was performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Miranda’s character was frustrated by the fierce competition from the Mr. Softee truck. All the children left the Piraguero for the Mr. Softee truck.
Well, the credits pay off that scene because Mr. Softee breaks down and all the kids rush back to the Piraguero’s truck. Things are going so well for Piraguero that he even increases his piragua prices from $1.25 to $2.25, all to the frustration of the Mr. Softee truck driver.
Called the “Piragua (Reprise)”, you can check out the lyrics below.
It’s hotter than the islands are today
And Mr. Softee’s truck is broken!
And this is where all his clients come my way
I told you, I run the city!
New block of ice, increase the price
Lai lo le lo lai, lai lo le lo lai
Blackouts are fun, blackouts are fun
Lo le lo lai
In her review of the film, Monica Castillo of TheWrap wrote: that in Broadway history there have been only a handful of musicals centered on American Latinos, and that only a fraction of those shows were written by people from the communities that played them on stage. That’s part of why Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” was a hit when it opened on Broadway in 2008 (after a successful Off-Broadway run). More than a decade later, and slightly delayed due to the pandemic, Jon M. Chu’s cinematic adaptation of Miranda’s first musical promises to make an even bigger splash with its celebration of family, love, and the idea of home.
Analysts and rival distribution managers have pointed out that “In the Heights” has a great formula for a post-COVID summer title. The vibrant depiction of Latino immigrant culture, combined with colored actors and filmmakers in the credits, is expected to attract a wide range of moviegoers, while the upbeat atmosphere and bright musical numbers promise a respite from the woes of the pandemic – everyone loves singing and dancing on the big screen. A poll among 1,300 moviegoers by fandango revealed that 96% plan to make “In The Heights” their first trip to theaters since the COVID-19 shutdown.