SYNOPSIS: This musical was the first Broadway hit for Lin-Manuel Miranda, who went on to international fame with Hamilton. In Washington Heights, New York, a neighborhood of Latino immigrants celebrates the joys and challenges of living in America and striving for a better life.
LANGUAGE: There is a small amount of strong language, including one or two profanities and several vulgar expressions. The language includes “Jesus” and “Goddamn” (several times), “up shit’s creek,” “bullshit,” “bastards,” “damn” and “son-of-a-bitch.”
SMOKING AND DRINKING: There is no smoking or drug use. The young people in the musical go to dance clubs, where they may drink.
SEX: None. The women in the show sing a song in which they gossip about who is sleeping with whom, and two characters begin a romance in which it is clear they have spent the night together, but there is no explicit sexual activity in the play.
For Which Audiences: In the Heights is a joyous and uplifting musical with a vibrant Latin-tinged score. It is suitable for general audiences and teenagers. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 would likely enjoy the musical, but should attend at their parents’ discretion.
RATING: If it were a movie, In the Heights would be rated “PG-13.”