Lin-Manuel Miranda on Hamilton’s ‘illegal and unauthorized’ production
An unauthorized hamilton the production with Christian lyrics drew the ire of creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
A Christianized version of the musical was produced by RGV Productions, which operates The Door Christian Fellowship Ministries in McAllen, Texas. The unauthorized hamilton the production aired live on August 5 and 6, prompting the playwright to comment on Twitter.
“Thank you to all of you who communicated with this illegal and unauthorized production. Now the lawyers are doing their job. And always grateful to the Dramatists Guild, who have the backs of writers everywhere, may this be your first play or your fiftieth,” the playwright said.
by Lin-Manuel Miranda comments came to a retweet of a post from the Dramatists Guild condemning unauthorized reproduction. ‘The Dramatists’ Guild condemns Door McAllen Church for its unauthorized production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical, ‘hamilton‘ played on August 5 and 6 in McAllen, Texas,” the statement read. “In addition to performing the show without a license, Door McAllen Church has changed lyrics and added text without permission.”
Many of the changes presented in the church’s version of hamilton contain many references to Jesus. There is another scene in the series where Alexander Hamilton find jesus and has a conversation with him. After the production, the church’s associate pastor gave a sermon and asked people to turn to God for their struggles with “drug addiction and homosexuality.”
A spokesperson for hamilton also released a statement condemning the production. “hamilton does not grant amateur or professional licenses for stage productions and has not granted any to The Door Church,” read Shane Marshall Brown’s statement.
“We have issued a cease and desist letter for the unauthorized use of from Hamilton intellectual property, demanding the immediate removal of all videos and images from previous productions on the internet, including YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, their own website and elsewhere. The hamilton family is synonymous with tolerance, compassion, inclusiveness and certainly LGBTQ+ rights. We are in the process of reviewing unauthorized modifications to the script to determine further action.