In this particular instance, I would insist that they sing as written, or recast that role. It is such a large part of the song. It also teaches that you cannot just change art and copy written material to suit one or a handful of individuals. That is an important lesson. To me, any changes like this should be addressed with the selection of a show. If it could be offensive to your community, and that is an issue, then it is probably not the right show for your group to produce. And, as others have said, any and all edits and substitutions must be approved for in writing before they are allowed. From my experience, that is not usually likely.
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