Theater fans laugh at unauthorized production of McAllen Church’s hit musical

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A McAllen Church that staged a production of hamilton with a religious twist is taking heat online, with observers mocking the particularly progressive Broadway musical’s rendition.

On Friday and Saturday, Door McAllen Church staged a production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical – with a significant number of religious edits and omissions. For example, during the song “That’s Enough”, the original lyrics have Eliza Hamilton sing, “but I’m not afraid, I know who I married”, to Alexander. The McAllen production changed the lyrics to “but I’m not afraid, my hope is in Jesus”.

Other edits included the cutting of much of a sexually oriented song and the insertion of an unscripted gospel monologue after a character’s death.

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After the Friday performance, one of the church pastors gave a sermon describing homosexuality as an addiction. “Maybe you struggle with alcohol, with drugs – with homosexuality – maybe you struggle with other things in life, your finances, whatever, your relationships. God can help you with this. evening. He wants to forgive you of your sins,” he said in a video from the evening.

Pastor Roman Gutierrez said in a statement to The Dallas Morning News that he got legal clearance from the team behind hamilton to produce the church show, a claim the team denied.

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“Hamilton does not grant any amateur or professional licenses for stage productions and has not granted any to The Door Church,” a spokesperson said.

Friday’s performance was streamed live on YouTube but has since been deleted, according to OnStage Blog, which was first to report on the controversy. However, clips of the performance and sermon have since circulated widely on social media, where reaction to the production has been overwhelmingly negative.

Commentators derided ‘Scamilton’ for its Christian lyrical changes, cheering the team behind the original hamilton take legal action against McAllen Church and co-producer RGV Productions.

Some have pointed out the irony of the sermon’s anti-LGBTQ message, since Alexander Hamilton’s character is implied in the original series to be bisexual. Others criticized the church for holding unauthorized performance in general.

Several commentators ridiculed the abrupt changes made to the original material.

Others simply reveled in the odd nature of the controversy.

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