Church's Unauthorized 'Hamilton' Production Compares Being Gay to Addiction

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday August 14, 2022
Originally published on August 8, 2022

A scene from the Door McAllen production of "Hamilton."
A scene from the Door McAllen production of "Hamilton."  (Source:Twitter)

A production of the Broadway hit show "Hamilton" was reportedly performed at a church in McAllen, Texas, that was the antithesis of what the show is meant to be for the acceptance of LGBTQ people.

As reported by the Dallas Morning News, The Door McAllen church sparked outrage among fans of the Broadway show after reports began circling around that their unauthorized production of "Hamilton" included a major homophobic makeover.

Several biblical themes were added to the production and a sermon that compared homosexuality to addiction capped off the productions grand finale.

"Maybe you struggle with alcohol, with drugs — with homosexuality," one of the church's pastors ask, "maybe you struggle with other things in life, your finances, whatever, God can help you tonight. He wants to forgive you for your sins."

Definitely not in the "Hamilton" that continues to sell-out at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

"The Dallas Morning News obtained video of the performance, which ran for about two hours, and a brief sermon that followed," the News reports. "The show incorporates several biblical messages and references not included in Miranda's original musical."

News about the show was first reported by OnStage Blog and has since spread to the internet from there, including questions about the legality of such a production.

However, in a clip circulating online, pastor Roman Gutierrez said the church was granted legal permission for the production and insisted that the church is not anti-LGBT. "Everyone is always welcome," he added.

On Monday, a spokesperson for "Hamilton" denied Gutierrez's claim.

"Hamilton does not grant amateur or professional licenses for any stage productions and did not grant one to The Door Church," the spokesperson said. In addition, a cease and desist letter was reportedly sent to the church on Saturday after a Friday performance. The spokesperson said the church was allowed to continue a performance that was already scheduled for Saturday night without pictures and video.

According to the "Hamilton" spokesperson, the matter will be further discussed "with the parties behind this unauthorized production within the coming days once all facts are properly vetted."

They added, "We would like to thank our devoted fans for bringing this to our attention."

All videos of the church's performance have been virtually scrubbed from the internet, but on Twitter a scene from the production showing Alexander Hamilton's conversion to Jesus has been posted.

Watch it below.