A Texas church has apologized to Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and agreed to pay legal damages after staging an unauthorized production of the hit Broadway musical whose songs and dialogue were altered to reflect Christian themes. to contain.
Produced by the non-denominational church The Door McAllen, the production was followed by a sermon stating that God could help people who struggle with homosexuality.
It was first streamed live on Friday, August 5. Clips were then shared on social media and attorneys for the official Hamilton sent a letter of strike.
In a statement posted to Instagram on Tuesday, church pastor Roman Gutierrez personally apologized to Miranda and Hamilton’s writers and producers for staging an unauthorized production that “infringed the rights and copyrights of many.”
“The Door Christian Fellowship McAllen Church has not sought or received any license from Hamilton’s producers or creators to produce, perform, replicate or modify any part of Hamilton; we also did not request prior permission to alter Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work by music, lyrics, deleting songs, and adding dialogue.
“And it is never allowed to alter an artistic work like Hamilton without legal permission,” the statement continued. “Our ministry will use this moment as a learning opportunity about protected artistic works and intellectual property.”
Clips from the production, which have been circulating on Twitter, included a scene of Alexander Hamilton expressing remorse, accepting Jesus Christ as his lord and savior. Lyrics of Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story and That Would Be Enough were also amended to include a reference to Jesus, removing swear words and gender references elsewhere.
In the show’s opening line, Hamilton was no longer a “bastard, orphan, son of a whore”; instead he became a “rogue, orphan, son of a whore”.
In a rap of Hercules Mulligan, “I heard your mother say ‘come on again'” became “Your boy is spying for the government”; the line “Lock up your daughters and horses” became “Lock up your secrets and horses”; and “It’s hard to have intercourse over four sets of corsets” became “It’s hard to keep them away from me when I come for your springs.”
After the production, which was staged several times, a preacher delivered a sermon which reads: “Maybe you are struggling with alcohol, with drugs, homosexuality, maybe you are struggling with other things in life, your finances – whatever – relationships. God can help you tonight. He wants to forgive you your sins.”
In a statement to the Dallas News, the church said it was not anti-LGBT, saying “everyone is welcome.”
The Church Pastor agreed to destroy all video, audio, and images from the production and requested that all Church members do the same.
A spokesperson for Hamilton told the New York Times it will do all harm to a nonprofit coalition that supports the LGBTQ community in South Texas, saying in a previous statement: “The ‘Hamilton’ family stands for tolerance, compassion , inclusiveness and certainly LGBTQ+ rights.”