Lin-Manuel Miranda, friends save Drama Book Shop

Lin-Manuel Miranda, friends save Drama Book Shop


>>>LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA IS A VERY BUSY MAN THESE DAYS WITH HAMILTON AND MARY POPPINS RETURNS ALONE BUT HE’S NOT TOO BUSY TO SAVE A BELOVED BOOKSTORE IN THE CITY. >>LAUREN GLASSBERG HAS THE STORY. >>Reporter: MANY NEW YORK CITY SHOPS OUT OF BUSINESS BUT THE 101-YEAR-OLD DRAMA BOOKSHOP ISN’T READY FOR ITS FINAL CURTAIN. >>IT IS A HOME BASE FOR THE THEATER COMMUNITY. >>Reporter: THE DRAMA BOOKSHOP IS A GREAT RESOURCE, AND A TREASURER. >>ANYTHING THAT ANYBODY WANTS, WE EITHER HAVE, WE CAN HELP THEM FIND, OR WE CAN GET FOR THEM. >>I’M PICKING UP A PLAY FOR A CALLBACK THAT I HAVE TODAY. THERE’S NOWHERE ELSE LIKE THIS. >>Reporter: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE IT FOR LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, AT NO COST HE USED THIS BASEMENT THEATER TO DEVELOP IN THE HEIGHTS, HIS FIRST TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL, THE ONE BEFORE HAMILTON. AND NOW HE AND THREE THEATER FRIENDS HAVE BOUGHT SHOP. >>THEY ARE HEROES TO US BUT THEY ALSO FEEL AS THOUGH WE WERE HEROES TO THEM. >>Reporter: THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME HE HAS SAVED THE DAY, WHEN A BURST PIPE FLOODED THE STORE HE URGED FANS TO HELP AND SALES SKYROCKETED. HE KEPT THE STORE IN BUSINESS AND IT’S 20 EMPLOYEES ON THE JOB BOTH THEN AND NOW. THIS SHOP’S LAST DAY WILL BE JANUARY 20. BUT A NEW LOCATION HAS ALREADY BEEN LINED UP THANKS IN PART TO THE CITY. IT WILL BE SOMEWHERE IN THE THEATER DISTRICT AND IT WILL OPEN SOMETIME LATER THIS YEAR. >>IT’S GOING TO BE A

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