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Lin-Manuel Miranda responds to Texas church’s ‘problematic’ rendition of ‘Hamilton’

“Now lawyers do their work,” the award-winning playwright wrote on Twitter.

Lin-Manuel Miranda acknowledged he’s seen the news of the McAllen church’s controversial, unauthorized rendition of his popular musical Hamilton, but said it’s not his fight to stage.

“Grateful to all of you who reached out about this illegal, unauthorized production,” Miranda wrote in the tweet. “Now lawyers do their work.”

The show, produced by RGV Productions and The Door McAllen church, changed several scenes to incorporate biblical themes, and was followed by a sermon comparing being gay to having an addiction — despite Miranda being known for his support of LGBT causes. The theater-centric OnStage Blog first reported on the controversy.

The Dallas Morning News obtained video of the Aug. 5 performance, which ran for about two hours, and the brief sermon that followed.

It was during the 15-minute sermon one of the church’s pastors said “Maybe you struggle with alcohol, with drugs — with homosexuality — maybe you struggle with other things in life, your finances, whatever, God can help you tonight. He wants to forgive you for your sins.”

But in a statement to The News, pastor Roman Gutierrez said the church is not anti-LGBT and “everyone is always welcome.” Gutierrez said he obtained legal permission to produce the church’s show, which a Hamilton spokesperson denied.

Hamilton does not grant amateur or professional licenses for any stage productions and did not grant one to The Door Church,” the spokesperson said, adding that a cease-and-desist letter was sent to the church on Saturday after the Friday performance.

With his statement on Twitter, Miranda shared a letter from the Dramatists Guild, in which the group said they condemned the church for changing lyrics, adding text without permission and performing without a license.

“We hold up the Door McAllen Church’s brazen infringement to shine a light on the problematic pattern of some theatrical organizations performing authors’ work without a license and rewriting the text without authorial consent,” the guild wrote. “No organization, professional, amateur, or religion, is exempt from these laws.”

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