July 5, 2022

9 Sneaky “In The Heights” Easter Eggs And Cameos We Spotted

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9 “In The Heights” Easter Eggs You Might’ve Missed On Your First WatchFrom nods to Hamilton, to cameos, to surprise post-credits scenes, here’s everything you need to know.

There’s a lot to love about this movie — from the songs, to the cast, to the ~fun summer vibes~. In fact, there’s so much that you miiiiight’ve gotten a little distracted and missed a couple of the Easter eggs hidden in the movie.

Not to worry — I’ve got you covered! Here are all the details I noticed while watching:


While Mr. Rosario is on hold with Stanford, you can hear a snippet of “You’ll Be Back” from Hamilton playing on the phone while he waits.

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If you want to go back and listen for yourself, it’s about 30 minutes into the movie.


Lin-Manuel Miranda’s parents, Luz and Luis, make a small cameo in the movie during “Breathe.”

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You’ll probably recognize these two if you’re a Hamilton fan, but Chris Jackson and Lin-Manuel Miranda were both in the original Broadway cast of In the Heights, too. Both made cameos in the movie as Mr. Softee and Piragüero respectively.

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On Broadway, Chris played Benny and Lin played Usnavi. Lin’s “Piragua” song comes about 52 minutes into the movie, and you can also catch him sing in “Carnaval del Barrio” towards the end of the movie.


If you listen closely in the scene where Abuela Claudia goes to the cleaners, you just might hear the original Nina herself, Mandy Gonzalez, singing a doo-wop song in the background.

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It’s a little difficult to spot at first, but you can definitely hear it better as the scene progresses. Director Jon M. Chu also hinted that the song just might include background vocals by Alex Lacamoire, Bill Sherman, and Lin himself. The scene is about 53 minutes into the film.


During the dialogue between Usnavi, Vanessa, and Sonny in “It Won’t Be Long Now,” Lin, Alex, and Bill can also be heard on the radio playing in the background at the bodega.

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This happens about 38 minutes into the movie.


Seth Stewart, who was the original Graffiti Pete on Broadway, made a small cameo as a bartender in “The Club.”


Finally, the movie has a post-credits song! If you stick around until the very end, you’ll hear “Piragua Reprise.”

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In case you missed it, Mr. Softee’s truck breaks down, and Piragüero is ~living for it~.

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