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Lawyers handling unauthorized ‘Hamilton’ in Texas

Lin-Manuel Miranda says he is aware of a few weird, unauthorized staging of his megahit musical “Hamilton” that passed off at a Texas church — and it’s as much as the legal professionals to deal with it.

“Grateful to all of you who reached out about this unlawful, unauthorized manufacturing,” Miranda tweeted. “Now legal professionals do their work.”

The staging of “Hamilton” carried out on the Door Christian Fellowship church in McAllen, Texas, was tweaked to incorporate biblical themes and a sermon on the finish that in contrast homosexuality to habit, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Broadway veteran Miranda is thought for his pro-LGBT stance.

The paper obtained video of the Aug. 5 efficiency, which ran for about two hours, and the 15-minute sermon that adopted.

“Possibly you battle with alcohol, with medication — with homosexuality — possibly you battle with different issues in life, your funds, no matter, God may also help you tonight,” a church pastor mentioned within the sermon. “He needs to forgive you on your sins.”

However pastor Roman Gutierrez advised the outlet that mentioned the church is just not anti-LGBT and “everyone seems to be at all times welcome.” Gutierrez mentioned he obtained authorized permission to provide the church’s present, however a Hamilton rep mentioned that wasn’t true.

Door Christian Fellowship church tweaked the “Hamilton” musical to incorporate biblical themes and a sermon on the finish that in contrast homosexuality to habit.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda with cast during his final performance curtain call of 'Hamilton' on Broadway at Richard Rodgers Theatre on July 9, 2016 in New York City.
A spokesperson for “Hamilton” mentioned The Door Church was not granted permission to breed the Broadway musical.
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“’Hamilton’ doesn’t grant novice or skilled licenses for any stage productions and didn’t grant one to The Door Church,” the spokesperson mentioned. He added {that a} cease-and-desist letter was despatched to the church.

Miranda included a letter from the Dramatists Guild in his tweet. The group mentioned they condemned the church for altering lyrics, including textual content with out permission and performing and not using a license.

“We maintain up the Door McAllen Church’s brazen infringement to shine a lightweight on the problematic sample of some theatrical organizations performing authors’ work and not using a license and rewriting the textual content with out authorial consent,” the Guild wrote. “No group, skilled, novice, or faith, is exempt from these legal guidelines.”

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