by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Performer Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton partners band together to save a Manhattan Theater bookstore. The name of the store is called Drama Book Shop that has been severing the arts and theater community for over a hundred years. In fact, the store won its own honorary Tony award back in 2011 for those exact services. But sadly, their rent was raised too high and they were set to close later this month. That was until Miranda and partners director Thomas Kail, lead producer Jeffrey Seller and James L. Nederlander stepped in.
News of the store closing soon spread and ended up as an article in the New York Times. However, Miranda didn’t just randomly hear about the store through the news because he used to go to their himself back in his high school days. Miranda reports that he went to the shop to read plays off the store shelves before he could afford to buy anything to help him achieve his Broadway goals. He even wrote his show In the Heights down in the shop’s basement. This isn’t the only time Miranda has helped out the shop either.
Back in 2016 the shop had a pipe freeze and burst that caused damage to the building and Miranda encouraged his fans to help support the shop. The request worked because the store had to hire extra staff in order to help with its mail-order services. Furthermore, the store not only provides scripts and books for theater and film, but it also has its own black box theater for performing. The shop also hosts readings, classes, and book signings. According to the senior staffer Stuart Brynien, who's been working there for decades, the shop is a big part of the Theater District and also helps to attract tourists as well. Now the shop has a second chance with its new owners who plan to move the store to a new location where it will reopen this fall.