Lin-Manuel Miranda has bought New York’s century-old Drama Book Shop with two collaborators from "Hamilton," after soaring rents looked set to close it.
“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,” Miranda told the New York Times about his connection to the shop. “After college Tommy Kail and I met in the Drama Book Shop basement, and I wrote a good deal of In the Heights there.”
Here’s me and @ChrisisSingin in our first photographs for an In The Heights reading in 2002, across the street from the @dramabookshop. (Our reading was in the basement.) That fence behind us would later become the New York Times building.https://t.co/ODLa4rNJ6n pic.twitter.com/BLBinwoC8z— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 8, 2019
The announcement comes after the artist and his colleagues have spent years advocating for the shop. According to the publication, in 2016, after a burst pipe caused damage to the shop sending more than 20,000 gallons of water into the store and destroying about 20% of its merchandise, Mr. Miranda came to its aid by urging his fans to patronize it.
“They’re like family to us,” he said, “and when we heard that the rent increase was finally too precipitous to withstand, we began hatching a plan.”
As a teen, I went to the @dramabookshop on 47th. Spent hours reading plays. Felt made for me, a place to go.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 8, 2019
In 2002, I met with Tommy Kail in the Drama Book Shop. It gave us a place to go.
Proud to be part of this next chapter.
A place for you to go. https://t.co/LuRJjVM72K
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Have you heard? The Drama Book Shop is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Monday, October 2nd! Join us throughout the day for panels on acting, directing, and playwriting with some very special guests. We'll be making announcements throughout the next week as part of our #countdownto100 so stay tuned! #thedramabookshop #nyc #buymorebooks