Lin-Manuel Miranda is already a composer, a lyricist, an actor and an author. Now he's going to be a bookseller. https://t.co/LmBOvDbmRg— New York Times Books (@nytimesbooks) January 8, 2019
- The Drama Book Shop is a century-old shop that sells scripts, sheet music and other "stage-related reading material". It's being priced out of its home in the theater district of Manhattan due to rising rent costs.
- NYC mayor’s media and entertainment commissioner, Julie Menin, says: “The store is a gem and a cultural institution in New York, and we want to make sure it’s saved." The city is working with the shop's new owners, which includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, to find affordable location in Manhattan.
- In addition to Miranda, the new owners are: Thomas Kail (Hamilton director); Jeffrey Seller (the lead producer of Hamilton); and James L. Nederlander (he is the president of Nederlander Organization, which operates the theater where Hamilton is running).
- They purchased the store from Rozanne Seelen: "Ms. Seelen said she sold it for the cost of the remaining inventory, some rent support in the store’s final weeks, and a pledge to retain her as a consultant." She also called Lin-Manuel and Tommy her "white knights" for stepping in to save the shop.
- On the bookshop's importance to him: “When I was in high school I would go to the old location and sit on the floor and read plays — I didn’t have the money to buy them. After college Tommy Kail and I met in the Drama Book Shop basement, and I wrote a good deal of ‘In the Heights’ there.”
- It's not the first time he's stepped in - in 2016, after a pipe burst, he encouraged his fans to patronize the shop:
- The Drama Book Shop's lease is up this month; the current location will be closing Jan 20th. It will open in its new (but as of right now, unknown) location sometime this fall.
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Would you own a bookshop, ONTD? If so, what kind?