Theater Community Steps In To Save Beloved Book Shop

Theater Community Steps In To Save Beloved Book Shop


SHOP IN THE THEATER DISTRICT IS PRICED OUT OF ITS LEASE. ALICE GAINER REPORTS. WHATEVER YOU NEED, IT’S HERE. Reporter: FOR THIS PERSON, THERE’S NO OTHER PLACE LIKE THE DRAMA BOOK SHOP. THIS WAS THE FIRST PLACE I EVER WENT TO IN NEW YORK CITY. Reporter: THIS IS WHERE HE FINDS NEW PLAYS FOR CLASSES AND MONOLOGUES AND AUDITIONS. IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY. Reporter: REGULARLY WELL KNOWN ACTORS ALSO STOP BY THE THEATER DISTRICT BOOKSTORE. FAVORITE PLACE THAT PEOPLE LIKE ME HANG OUT. ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES IN NEW YORK CITY. Reporter: WHEN NEWS BROKE THAT ITS RENT SKYROCKETED, LIN- MANUEL MIRANDA STEPPED. HE WAS HERE DAILY AND AT THE TIME IS WHEN HE WAS CREATING IN THE HEIGHTS. AND SO HE USED OUR PIANO DOWNSTAIRS. THIS IS THE SHOW I WOULD HAVE KILLED TO SEE. Reporter: BACK IN2008 HE TALKED ABOUT CREATING HIS FIRST BROADWAY PLAY LATER GOING ON TO WRITE “HAMILTON.” BUT HE HASN’T FORGOTTEN HIS ROOTS. ON THURSDAY HE TWEETED OUT SUPPORT FOR THE STORE AND SIGNED EVERYTHING WITH HIS NAME ON IT. HE APPRECIATES THE WAY THAT THIS PLACE HAS NURTURED THE ARTS COMMUNITY. Reporter: THE THEATER COMPANY STORY PIRATES PRACTICES ABOVE THE SHOP. A “BIG BANG THEORY” ACTRESS GOT HER START HERE. IF THE BOOK SHOP WERE TO CLOSE, I DON’T KNOW WHERE PEOPLE WOULD GO TO FORM COMMUNITY. Reporter: THE SHOP IS THE ONLY BOOKSTORE THE TONY AWARDS HAS HONORED. IN THE 100 YEARS IT’S BEEN AROUND, IT’S MOVED FOUR TIMES. BUT ITS WEST 40th STREET SPOT IS ITS LONGEST STANDING LOCATION. REALLY, THE SPACE IS HONESTLY ICONIC. IT’S FACE TO FACE INTERACTION. I THINK THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT. Reporter: CUSTOMERS ARE HOPING THE SHOP STAYS IN BUSINESS FOR AT LEAST ONE MORE ACT, MAYBE IN A NEW LOCATION. ALICE GAINER, CBS 2 NEWS. AND CUSTOMERS HAVE STARTED

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