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Texas Church “Condemned” For Producing Version of Disney’s ‘Hamilton’

A Christian church located in McAllen, Texas, is currently under fire for producing a rendition of Disney’s Hamilton (2020) for their modest congregation. The Door McAllen Church was founded in 1990 by Joe and Mary Helen Moreno.

The congregation is a nondenominational, Bible-based family that reaches out to the community through several different ministries. Some of their outreaches include I.S.G.O.D: a support group providing help for people with mental health issues, Game Changer: a non-profit organization created by Christian Veterans, and Choose To Change: a foundation that helps ex-convicts and people in recovery.

The Door McAllen Church

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The church’s version of Hamilton caused a stir in the media because of claims that their message was homophobic and their use of Biblical references not included in Disney’s original production. The Washington Post states that the Hamilton team “did not give a license or permission to the Door McAllen church in McAllen, Tex., to stage the performance, thus making the show an illegal reproduction.”

The church’s production was live-streamed over the weekend on August 5 and 6. Lin-Manuel Miranda posted the following on Twitter today, “Grateful to all of you who reached out about this illegal, unauthorized production. Now lawyers do their work. And always grateful to the @dramatistsguild, who have the backs of writers everywhere, be it your first play or your fiftieth.”

The Dramatists Guild describes itself on Twitter as “The national, professional membership trade association of theatre writers including playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists.” They posted their own tweet on the matter, “condemning” the Door McAllen Church for its unauthorized production of Hamilton.

As always, the comment section had a field day with the news. Some comments included, “Homophobic churches getting sued? Today just got better,” and “I love it when homophobic churches get sued.”

Hamilton

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Hamilton is a musical written and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on Disney+ in 2020. The production is a dramatization of the life of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.

About Christy Weinberg

Christy is a West Coast writer with a special place in her heart for Disneyland Resort and Aulani. Growing up near the Parks, she was an Annual Passholder for about twenty years, often frequenting the Resort several times per week. Though she recently moved to the Pacific Northwest, she carries the magic with her by writing about Disney and connecting with the Disney community on social media.