DANIEL GEIGER shared the news here: Popular Broadway bookstore to close after rent hike
"The Drama Book Shop, known for its exhaustive collection of plays and books on theater and as hallowed ground for the Broadway set, will shutter its store at 250 W. 40th St. early next year. Its owners hope to reopen—likely in a smaller space—elsewhere in the Theater District or nearby."
This is absolutely devastating. The Drama Book Shop has been a staple of the NYC and Broadway community for almost 20 years. It's been home to several artists in the basement theater space, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, who used the space to write and perform early versions of "In the Heights."
In moving to a smaller store, they're most likely going to shrink by at least half, which unfortunately will not include the theater space. Ronnie Marmo, who also found a home there for his company, said: "I'm scared to death about finding a new home," Marmo said. "I love the bookshop, and I love being in Midtown. But listen, we have faced hurdles before, and who am I to start having doubts now?"
**LET'S SHOW DRAMA BOOK SHOP AND OWNERS ROZANNE SEELEN AND ALLEN HUBBY HOW MUCH WE LOVE AND APPRECIATE THEM, AS WELL AS SHOW NYC JUST HOW VITAL THIS STORE IS TO OUR BROADWAY COMMUNITY AND BEYOND.**
I'm beginning with $20,000, the cost of their rent, to help them in the transition to finding a new, affordable home, one that should absolutely include a theater space.
Over the next several weeks, I am looking to organize with members of the community to find other fundraising methods and means of giving back to those who wish to donate.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated. As Ronnie Marmo said: we have faced hurdles before...who are WE to start having doubts now?
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