Theater fans are poking fun at McAllen Church’s unauthorized production of the hit musical

A McAllen church that staged a production of Hamilton with a religious spin is gaining momentum online, with observers deriding the take on the remarkably progressive Broadway musical.

On Friday and Saturday, The Door McAllen Church staged a production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical — with a significant amount of religiously-based edits and omissions. For example, during the song “That would be Enough,” Eliza Hamilton sings “but I’m not fear, I know who Imarried” to Alexander in the original lyrics. The McAllen production changed the lyrics to “but I’m not afraid, my hope is in Jesus”.

Other edits included cutting much of a sexually charged song and inserting an unscripted evangelical monologue after a character died.

Hamilton crew says musical’s performance at Texas church is ‘unauthorized’

After Friday’s performance, one of the church’s pastors delivered a sermon that portrayed homosexuality as an addiction. “Maybe you’re struggling with alcohol, with drugs – with homosexuality – maybe you’re struggling with other things in life, your finances, whatever, relationships. God can help you tonight. He wants to forgive your sins,” he said in a video of the evening.

Pastor Roman Gutierrez shared this in a statement That Dallas morning news that he has received legal permission from the team behind it Hamilton to produce the Church’s show, a claim the team has denied.

Hamilton crew says musical’s performance at Texas church is ‘unauthorized’

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

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

Commentators ridiculed “Scamilton” for its Christian lyric changes and encouraged the team behind the original Hamilton to take legal action against the McAllen Church and co-producer RGV Productions.

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

Several commenters poked fun at the clumsy edits of the original material.

Others simply reveled in the strange nature of the controversy.

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