‘Hamilton’ Cast Members Step In To Save Drama Book Shop

‘Hamilton’ Cast Members Step In To Save Drama Book Shop


THE SHOP IS BEING SAVED BY MEMBERS OF “HAMILTON” THAT ARE DETERMINED TO KEEP IT OPEN SOMEHOW. Reporter: NO MORE DRAMA DECIDING THE FATE OF THE ICONIC BOOKSHOP A RISK OF SITTING DOWN IN THE MANHATTAN THEATER DISTRICT. THE 100-YEAR-OLD DRAMA BOOK SHOP WILL HAVE ANOTHER ACT BUT WITH CHANGES. IT IS LIKE OH MY GOSH, WE CAN BREATHE AGAIN AND MORE THAN THAT, OUR CUSTOMERS CAN BREATHE AGAIN. Reporter: THE SHOP ANNOUNCED THEY COULD BE CLOSING THE CURTAIN AFTER THE RENT HIKE ON THE 48th STREET LEASE. FAITHFUL CUSTOMERS LIKE LIN- MANUEL MIRANDA KNOWN FOR THE BROADWAY HIT “HAMILTON” ACTED QUICKLY REACHING OUT TO THE COMMISSIONER OF MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR HELP AND SIGNED A DEAL TO PURCHASE THE BUSINESS FROM THE 84-YEAR-OLD OWNER. THERE WAS CONCERN THROUGHOUT THE CITY ABOUT THE CLOSING OF THE BELOVED INSTITUTION, AND WE WERE THRILLED TO JOIN FORCES WITH LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA AND PARTNERS. Reporter: MARANDA WROTE THE MAJORITY OF ANOTHER MUSICAL AND THE HEIGHTS AT THIS BOOKSTORE AND SAID THAT AS A TEENAGER HE WENT TO THE DRAMA BOOK SHOP OF 47 WHERE IT WAS LOCATED, SPENDING HOURS READING PLAYS AND FELT ME FOR ME AS A PLACE TO GO. THEY HAVE NOT DISCLOSE THE DETAILS OF THE ARRANGEMENT OR THE COST AND EVEN THOUGH THE BOOKSHOP WILL REMAIN ALIVE IT WILL HAVE TO MOVE AND FIND A NEW AFFORDABLE HOME. Reporter: THE DOORS WILL CLOSE AT THIS LOCATION GAIN WEIGHT 20th AND REOPEN AT THE NEW SHOP SOMETIME IN THE FALL BUT THE LOCATION HAS YET TO BE ANNOUNCED. IN THIS TIME WHERE TECHNOLOGY IS SO PREVALENT, IT SO IMPORTANT TO GO BACK TO THE HARDCOPY AND TO THE BOOKS. Reporter: THE NEW DRAMA BOOK SHOP WILL BE REPRESSED WITH THE ARTS PROGRAM, MERCHANDISE AND A WEBSITE READY TO START THE NEW SEQUEL.

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