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YMMV: In the Heights
  • Ear Worm: Anything that Lin-Manuel Miranda raps.
    • "I'll be downtowwwwwn!"
    • "When I was a child I stayed wide awake, climbed to the highest place on every fire escape!"
    • "Alza la bandera, la bandera Dominicana! Alza la bandera, la bandera Puertoriquena! Alza la bandera, la bandera Mejicana! Alza la bandera, la bandera Cubana!"
    • "Parriba esa bandera! HEY! Alzala donde quiera! HEY! Recuerdo de mi tierra! HEY!"
    • "Honk your horn if ya want it!" (Pit horns and car horns: BA-BA-BAH!!)
    • "Anything at all can happen just before the sunrise..."
    • The irresistible urge to snap your fingers along with "When The Sun Goes Down", which many a rude audience member did when the show was playing.
    • "No pare, SIGUE SIGUE!" (Wooooooooooooah, wooooooooooooah)
    • "The hydrants are open, cool breezes blow."
  • Glurge: The most common complaint about the non-musical dialogue and general plot.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of Lin-Manuel's early Youtube videos was him rapping about the show (before it officially debuted on Broadway) in a parody of "Bet on It" from High School Musical. He even directly calls out Kenny Ortega and the movies themselves. Cut to two years later, when who is cast but Corbin Bleu of HSM fame, in the role of Usnavi no less.
  • Tear Jerker: "Alabanza."
    • Especially Usnavi's speech at the start of the song. "They said a combination of the stress and the heat, why she never took her medicine, I'll never understand. I like to think she went out in peace, with pieces of bread crumbs in her hand."
    • And the song that follows — "Everything I Know".
    • "Inutil". It's a bit harder to understand if your one or both of your parents isn't like Kevin...from a different country...working their ass off...just so their kid can have a good future....'scuse me.
    • Believe it or not, the end of "Carnaval de Barrio". It's a very happy, celebratory song...but it ends with the Piraguero and Daniela singing "Esa bonita bandera! Contiene mi alma entera!" ("This beautiful flag, it holds the whole of my soul"). It may not seem like much, but in a country that's currently having a lot of problems with immigration and racism, a stage full of characters taking pride in their heritage moves this child-of-immigrants troper to tears.
    • And "Paciencia y Fe"

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