People who haven’t but seen the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s joyous Broadway musical In the Heights might imagine he’s the star of the present. As certainly one of its most well-known faces, after his hyper-successful musical Hamilton and the stardom that adopted, he’s everywhere in the promoting. But his character is definitely little greater than a cameo — he performs a shaved-ice vendor roaming the streets of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, promoting piragua to the residents — and singing about it, in fact. His character doesn’t even get a reputation: He’s simply “Piragüero,” which means “piragua vendor,” the Puerto Rican equal of calling a personality “Ice Cream Man.”
But whereas he simply will get one track to himself, and one second of eager for extra prospects and a steadier revenue, folks watching the film might miss out on the payoff, except they keep by means of the credit. Miranda will get a post-credits scene to himself, the place he sings a reprise of his track as he lastly claims a short lived victory over his rival Mister Softee. When the latter’s truck breaks down, the piragüero will get all his prospects for the day — and takes benefit by jacking up his costs.
It’s a tiny, jokey second which may barely register for viewers, given the scope and vitality of the remainder of the musical, which is about a number of totally different NYC immigrants claiming their identities and deciding what their heritages imply to them. But it’s additionally a payoff for a plot arc most individuals possible didn’t even notice was a plot arc, as a result of it’s so small. Like so many musical protagonists, Miranda will get his personal “I want” song, then finally will get a model of what he requested for.
Is the timing suspicious? Polygon’s Matt Patches thinks so — once I identified the scene to him, he stated “Sinister!” and claimed the piragüero had clearly sabotaged Mister Softee’s truck. So judgey! The truck in all probability simply overheated, given the musical’s themes of an awesome warmth wave, proper? These two in all probability aren’t really attacking one another, and there virtually definitely isn’t a TV collection coming, the place they face off in opposition to one another each week, Spy vs. Spy-style, in a cruel bid to dominate Washington Heights’ frozen-treat market, proper.
But if there was one, we’d watch it, so long as the music was this catchy. Especially since their rivalry serves as an in-joke and a double cameo for the movie: Christopher Jackson, who performs the stymied ice-cream vendor Mister Softee, was the unique George Washington within the stage model of Hamilton, and the unique stage model of Benny the radio dispatcher, performed by Corey Hawkins within the new musical. Miranda and Jackson have had an extended friendship and an extended skilled partnership, and it’s fairly humorous that they wind up evident daggers at one another all through In the Heights, and that Miranda in the end fingers himself the win.
In the Heights is in theaters and on HBO Max on June 11.