NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — When faced with the news that his favorite bookseller would be closing, Lin-Manuel Miranda knew he had to help.
“I was devastated, I just thought that it was tragic that rent hikes would drive out, you know, artists yet again,” said Broadway actress Maggie McDowell.
Drama Book Shop has become a legendary independent bookstore, and offers one of the largest selections of plays in the country. Though, because of rent increases, the store faced extinction.
That is, until Miranda and three of his “Hamilton” co-creators stepped up to save the shop, which has been located on West 40th Street since 2001.
“I saw him here before he became this big Broadway superstar,” said manager Freddy Padilla. “To see him come out and help us the way he did, it’s great.”
Maranda tells the New York Times as a teenager he would come to the Drama Book Shop, sit on the floor and read plays because he didn't have the money to buy them.
“As a teen, I went to the @dramabookshop on 47th. Spent hours reading plays. Felt made for me, a place to go,” Miranda said on Twitter.
Thanks to the “Hamilton” creators’ contributions and with support from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, Drama Book Shop will reopen in the Theatre District in Fall 2019.
The Midtown location will close its doors for the last time on Jan. 20.