MCALLEN, Texas (WKRC/CNN Newsource) - Actor, composer, and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda is taking legal action against a Texas church that put on an unauthorized performance of his Broadway musical, "Hamilton."
The Door Christian Fellowship Ministries held two showings of its own production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning hit, but changed the original lyrics to ones that the church believes better reflect Christian values.
A video of the event reportedly shows a sermon being delivered to the audience at the end of the show, comparing homosexuality to drug addiction.
A spokesperson for "Hamilton" issued a statement saying, in part, "The Hamilton family stands for tolerance, compassion, inclusivity and certainly LGBTQ+ rights. We are in the process of reviewing the unauthorized changes made to the script to determine further action."
The Dramatist Guild, which represents playwrights, also issued a statement condemning the unauthorized production.
Legally, churches do have some exemptions, but those do not include video, streaming, or distribution of the copyrighted material outside of a service.
Miranda tweeted about the incident on Wednesday, saying "Grateful to all of you who reached out about this illegal, unauthorized production. Now lawyers do their work."