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-> ''Lights up on Washington Heights, up at the break of day''
-> ''I wake up and I got this little punk I gotta chase away''

So begins Lin-Manuel Miranda's 2008 Broadway hit. Set in the neighbourhood Washington Heights of NYC, ''In the Heights'' is a musical covering three days in the lives of its colorful characters. Usnavi, the main character, runs his family's bodega with his young cousin, Sonny. Vanessa, the oblivious target of Usnavi's attraction, works herself to exhaustion to buy her way to a better life. The Rosarios run their taxi business and support their brilliant young daughter, Nina.

''In the Heights'' is especially notable for being the first Broadway musical of its kind, a combination of rap, hip-hop and Latin. Needless to say, it's [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove some kind of awesome]].

'''Warning:''' Soundtrack is guaranteed to lead to side effects of toe-tapping, humming and spontaneous dancing.

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!!Provides examples of:

* [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Annoying Younger Cousin]]: Sonny
** Subverted in that Sonny is fairly intelligent with a [[NonSequitur comically]] strong vocabulary (he seems to take after Usnavi a bit) and interest in politics and social activism. He also has shades of being the OnlySaneMan as his introspections on what [[spoiler: Usnavi's departure]] and the closing of the surrounding shops means for the community causes him to despair when others are partying.
* ArcWords: "Paciencia y Fe" (Patience and Faith). Also might count as a CatchPhrase, for Abuela.
** "No pare, sigue, sigue!"."
* AuthorAvatar: Usnavi, obviously, as the creator played him on Broadway (and he named his character's LoveInterest after his wife).
* TheBechdelTest: Passes. The cast is evenly split between genders and there are numerous conversations between the female characters about topics other than men, such as when Daniela helps Vanessa with her living situation.
* BetaCouple: Benny and Nina...which is an odd example, because they're given as much stagetime and development as (if not more than) the OfficialCouple.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed:
--> Daniela: They say he's got quite a big..taxi.
--> Carla: I don't think I know what you mean.
--> Daniela: Carla! He's packing a stretch limosine!
* BittersweetEnding: There's some happy endings, some sad and everyone's lives have changed. Benny and Nina in particular [[spoiler: They're going to be forced to have a long distance relationship without the approval of her dad. But they have each other]]
* CannotSpitItOut: Oh, Usnavi.
-->'''Usnavi''': "Damn, this is nice/I really like what they've done with the lights/so the hot club in Washington Heights!/You might be right, this music's tight/Yo, did I mention that you look great tonight?/Because you do you really-"
-->'''Vanessa''': "Usnavi, relax!"
** Oh, Vanessa.
--> '''Vanessa''': You oughta stay/ You can use that money to fix this place/ And it's not like Sonny's got role models stepping up to the plate./ I'm just saying, I think your vacation can wait...
--> '''Usnavi''': What are you trying to say?
** Anyone looking for "artistic merit" to justify this awesome play to Broadway purists can point out that Champagne (both song and object) is a complex metaphor for Usnavi and Vanessa's unspoken feelings (and their [[CannotSpitItOut inability to admit]] them).
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Pills:]] In Act I, Usnavi reminds Abuela Claudia to take her heart medication; in Act II, not taking her medicine, the heat, and [[spoiler: the shock of winning the lottery all contribute to her death]]
* CrowdSong: "In The Heights", "96,000", "Blackout", "Carnaval del Barrio", and "Finale".
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Nina
* DaddysGirl: Nina, even though she and Kevin begin arguing more and more during the show.
* DawsonCasting: Several of the characters, most notably Nina and Sonny
** Averted in the Philippine production. [[YoungerThanTheyLook K-La Rivera]] was 19 when they started rehearsals.
* DebutQueue: Each character, with the sole exception of Nina, walks into or past the bodega during the opening number, with Usnavi calling them by name and dropping in a bit of their backstory
* TheDitz: Carla
* {{Earworm}}
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Piragua Guy, Graffiti Pete.
* EvolvingMusic: In 96,000, Sonny sings "What about immigration/Politicians be hating/Racism in this nation's gone from latent to blatant". After some high-profile political racefail hit the news, the line was changed to "''Arizona'' be hating".
* FinalLoveDuet: Two. "Champagne" for Usnavi and Vanessa and "When the Sun Goes Down" for Nina and Benny.
* GenericGraffiti: "Graffiti Pete" is seen as a blight on the neighborhood (though he is friends with Sonny), and the musical begins with him attempting to tag Usnavi's bodega. [[spoiler:At the end of the show he has, with Sonny's help, painted the bodega with a beautiful mural of Abuela Claudia.]]
* GratuitousSpanish: Well, [[JustifiedTrope of course.]] Everyone but Benny is Hispanic.
** Usually for comical reasons, or at times when the heritage of the cast is highlighted, such as:
-->'''Carla''': Dani, I have a question; I don't know what you're cantando.
-->'''Daniela''': Just make it up as you go. We are improvisando!
** Let's not forget some [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Gratuitous Hebrew]] thrown in for comic effect:
-->'''Benny''': To doing shots on a weekend!
-->'''Usnavi''': As long as you buy 'em, l'chaim!
* GriefSong: "Alabanza"
* GossipyHens: Carla and ''Daniela''
* HappilyMarried: Kevin and Camila
* HeatWave: leading to the Act 1 finale "Blackout"
* HelloNurse: Vanessa is a tame version of this trope. Usnavi and most of the guys drool over her but no one actually gets ridiculous about it (as in it never gets to InformedAttractiveness levels). Vanessa herself doesn't think it's that big of a deal.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Daniela and Carla. Sonny and Graffiti Pete of all people come across as this. Benny and Usnavi also have some shade of this.
* IfIWereARichMan: "$96,000"
* IWantSong: "It Won't Be Long Now"
* JoinsToFitIn: Nina, as she says in "When You're Home"
** "I feel like all my life I'm trying to find the answers/Working harder/Learning Spanish/Learning all I can/I thought I might find the answer out at Stanford/But I'd just stare out at the sea thinking/Where am I supposed to be?"
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Nina and Usnavi have this dynamic
* LineOfSightName: Usnavi. Overlaps with WhoNamesTheirKidDude.
* KissingInATree: In the song "Carnaval Del Barrio" in Act 2, Daniela asks Benny if he's "seen any horses, today", having heard that [[spoiler: he and Nina "went for a roll in the hay". The whole cast then proceeds to sing said song.]]
* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: The opening (aptly titled "In the Heights"), "96,000", and "Blackout".
* MixedAncestry: Carla
** "My mom is Dominican-Cuban/My dad is from Chile and PR which means/I'm Chiledominicarican/But I always say I'm from Queens."
* MoodWhiplash: A few examples, the biggest being "Alabanza" following the peppy "Carnaval del Barrio".
* MotorMouth: Usnavi can sometimes be like this, especially in the "one dollar, two dollars..." part of the opening number.
** Overlaps with SesquipedalianLoquaciousness to a minor extent. Usnavi has a noticeably greater vocabulary and can fire off complex metaphors off the top of his head, as seen when he tries to chat up a hot girl at the club.
* TheMusical: Book kind.
* NeverWinTheLottery: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], as it is a major plot point that somebody in the neighborhood actually ''did'' win the lottery. Though the $96,000 prize is not enough to make the winner fabulously wealthy, it is nonetheless a considerable sum. The trope is played straight when [[spoiler:the winner, Abuela Claudia, dies before she can make use of the money.]] Then it's subverted again, since [[spoiler:Usnavi and Sonny get to keep their shares of the winnings.]]
* ObliviousToLove: Subverted with Vanessa. She seems to be a more then a little aware of Usnavi's feelings but plays dumb since she is denial about her own feelings.
* OneOfUs: Lin-Manuel Miranda reads slash fic for In the Heights and live tweets Buffy. Oh, and he wrote a rap for Neil Patrick Harris.
* TheOneWhoMadeItOut: Double subverted with Nina. She dropped out of Stanford, but [[spoiler: is going back in the fall]].
* PluckyComicRelief: Sonny ''owns'' this role.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: See EvolvingMusic above.
* RhymingWithItself
* SayMyName: After Nina's dinner and when Kevin reveals he has sold the family business to pay for Nina's college tuition, Nina tells her father that she will never use this money as it has lost Benny his job. She proceeds to follow Benny to the club. At this, Kevin yells "NIINAAAAAAAAAA!"
* SexyShirtSwitch: When Nina joins Benny on his fire escape, she's wearing his shirt, making it pretty obvious what's happened between them.
* ShoutOut: Plenty, ranging from ''Theatre/KissMeKate'' to ''Series/SesameStreet''.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Vanessa and Usnavi
* SpicyLatina: Vanessa, Camila, and Daniela.
* SpiritualSequel: Fans of {{Rent}} will probably become easily attached to this musical.
* StepfordSmiler: Nina attempts to pull this off in the beginning of the show. She fails.
--> '''Nina''': Straighten the spine, smile for the neighbors/ Everything's fine, everything's cool...
* TaxmanTakesTheWinnings: In the song "$96,000", where it's been announced that ''someone'' won the lottery, and everyone is fantasizing about what they'd do with the money, Usnavi points out "You'll have a knapsack full of jack after taxes".
* TeamMom: Abuela Claudia.
** [[spoiler: Usnavi seems to take over the role after the finale, acting as the "street-light" for the community--providing illumination, learning and passing on their shared stories and heritages, and binding them together. And, of course, providing sweet, sweet coffee.]]
* [[TokenWhite Token Non-Latino]]: Benny, who is almost always played by a black man, though theoretically could be played any other ethnicity.
** Graffiti Pete can be any ethnicity as well, the most common being Latino and white.
* TriumphantReprise: The Piragua Guy gets a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny pretty funny one]].
* TrueCompanions: With Abuela acting as grandmother to the entire street, it made everyone feel a little more like family.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Inferred about Usnavi/Vanessa and Nina/Benny.
* WorkingClassPeopleAreMorons: Subverted, not only by Nina but by almost every character
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Well, they ''are'' in New York...
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