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'Hamilton' team responds to unauthorized performances at Texas church

(CNN)A church in Texas put on 'Hamilton' this weekend, but there's a lot behind the Tony Award-winning production. The team states that it should not have happened.

"'Hamilton' does not license any stage productions amateur or professional, nor does it license the Door Church," said a Hamilton spokesperson. One Shane his Marshall Brown said in a statement to CNN. Monday.

Of his two scheduled performances, musical officials said he was unaware of the "unauthorized staging" until the day after the first and sent a cancellation letter. sent, the spokesperson added.

The doors of the Church in the southern Texas town of McAllen were allowed to proceed with his second scheduled performance. It has been recorded or shared on social media in the form of photos and videos, according to the statement.
Door performed 'Hamilton' on his August 5th and 6th,footage shared on social media of the work. According to the video, a sermon delivered to the audience also compared homosexuality to drug addiction.

In an additional statement he provided to CNN late Monday, a spokesperson said when allowing Saturday's performance, "there will be significant changes to the show and a sermon at the end." I didn't know that to move forward.

"We reserve all rights and are considering how to proceed based on what we learn," the spokesperson said in a statement. "The Hamilton family stands for tolerance, compassion, inclusivity and certainly LGBTQ+ rights. We are reviewing unauthorized changes to the script to determine our future actions.

Attempts by CNN over the weekend and Monday to reach The Door for comment were unsuccessful.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-, Grammy-, and Emmy-winning blockbuster film, "Ten Dollar Founding Father" Alexander His Hamilton and his contemporaries People's stories, mostly colors.

Winner of both a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Musical, its producers have performed in cities such as Broadway, Chicago and San Francisco, with multiple touring companies not counting. did. It cannot be licensed to theater companies.

Copyright law provides churches with an exemption to allow the performance of copyrighted music during services, but the exemption does not permit the streaming or distribution of these performances.

Much of the footage from the church's first performance of "Hamilton" was posted on Door's social media, following requests to stop the production. Removed from your account. However, some clips were saved online and shared by his Hemant Mehta, a writer and atheist advocate.

In one clip, the characters appear to be reading the Bible while Hamilton is in peril. The character tells him, "Now only God can help you."

In another clip, the actor playing Eliza Schuyler sings, "My hope is in Jesus. Give him a chance today, and that's enough."

Other footage shared by Mehta reportedly shows The Door pastor Victor Lopez addressing an audience on stage, with a man behind him. had a set of "Hamilton", in which he said: If you're struggling with other things in your life, money, relationships, etc., God will help you tonight.

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is a staunch supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, using his 2016 Tony Award acceptance speech to criticize homosexuality. The Orlando nightclub where 50 people died hours before the awards ceremony.

Miranda has not separately commented on her unauthorized production.

CNN has reached out to Lopez for comment.

Some art critics who were not obsessed with "Hamilton" raised issues with McAllen Church's unauthorized production and alteration of its text.

News of the production Artistic curator and writer Howard Sherman, one of the first users to share widely, said the rights of the artist behind "Hamilton" had been violated.

"Get free works by Lyn-Manuel [sic], Tommy Kyle, Alex Lacamoire, Andy Blankenbuehler, David Collins and more, or manipulate and send other messages You cannot do it,” he writes. "I respect all faiths, but I cannot respect Dore McAllen for stealing material for their own purposes." , thanking the show's "dedicated fans" for "bringing this to our attention."