Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Tony-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “In the Heights” is finally hitting theaters today, with great success. Critics have credited the latest Warner Bros. musical. a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with many declaring her the top contender for the 2022 Oscar race.
So, does “In the Heights” really have a post-credits scene? Additional scenes are the norm these days in the latest superhero blockbusters from Marvel Studios and DC Films. But what about musicals? “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” had a funny little post-credits scene in 2018 – and yes, “In the Heights” too.
The bonus scene is another musical number – an award for the musical number “Piragua” earlier in the film, which was performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Miranda’s character was frustrated with the stiff competition from the Mr. Softee truck. All the children have left the Piraguero for Mr. Softee’s truck.
Well, the post-credits pay off for this scene because Mr. Softee’s truck breaks down and all the kids rush towards Piraguero’s truck. Business is so good for Piraguero that he even increases his piragua prices from $ 1.25 to $ 2.25, much to the frustration of truck driver Mr. Softee.
Called the “Piragua (Reprise)”, you can check out the lyrics below.
It’s hotter than the islands today
And Mr. Softee’s truck has broken down!
And here come all her customers 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
Breakdowns are good, breakdowns are good
Lo le lo lai
Keep scratching by
In her review of the film, TheWrap’s Monica Castillo wrote that in Broadway history there have been only a handful of Latin American-centric musicals, and only a fraction of those shows were written by people from the communities they represented on stage. This is part of the reason why Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” made waves when it opened on Broadway in 2008 (after an Off-Broadway hit). Over a decade later, and after a bit of a delay due to the pandemic, Jon M. Chu’s film adaptation of Miranda’s first musical promises to make even more of a splash with its celebration of family, love and the idea of home.
Analysts and rival distribution executives have pointed out that “In the Heights” has a great formula for a post-COVID summer title. Its vibrant portrayal of Latin immigrant culture, combined with actors and filmmakers of color in the credits, is expected to attract a wide range of moviegoers while its upbeat vibe and brilliant musical numbers promise respite from the misery of the pandemic – all everyone loves to sing and dance on the big screen. A survey of 1,300 moviegoers conducted by Fandango found that 96% planned to make “In The Heights” their first trip to the movies since the COVID-19 shutdown.