For as long as I've been blogging, I have shared my love for the Broadway musical In the Heights and its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. More than just enjoying the acting, singing, and dancing (though all of that is freaking awesome, you need to watch this show), I think there is a real effort to talk about the immigrant experience in the story and lyrics.

For a long time now, I've wanted to write about why I connected to the themes in this show in a way that I never have with any other Broadway show I've watched or listened to. Perhaps it'll give you a bit of appreciation show you can enjoy it right along with me when I keep blogging and tweeting about it. Oh, but it might also contain a few spoilers, though I'll keep them to a minimum.

I've chosen a few songs and characters that help illustrate my experience as a Latina immigrant, and the experiences of my friends and family. (I could have really chosen a whole lot more, but then I'd be here forever.) I might sometimes make generalizations in these posts, but I just want to be clear that just like all Americans are unique, all Latinos and all immigrants are unique as well. I'm in no way speaking on behalf of all Latinos here, but my reflections are definitely true to my personal experience and observations.

UPDATE: The posts in this series are: Paciencia y Fe, Nina's Story, and Powerless.

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