Century-old Drama Book Shop has its curtain call

January 21, 2019 - 9:25 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The century-old Drama Book Shop said goodbye to its loyal customers Sunday as it closed its doors in Midtown – it’s not a permanent goodbye however, thanks to some high-profile investors.

A steady stream of customers picked over the few shelves of inventory left on the shop’s last day on 40th Street.

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Longtime owner Rozanne Seelen recently sold the store to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his “Hamilton” co-creators after facing a massive rent hike.

Seelen on Sunday was looking through the memories from customers written on the empty store shelves.

“The outpouring from our customers is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen,” Seelen said. “I can only read maybe two of these at a time because they make me cry.”

The shop, with its scripts and acting manuals, was also a haven for performers. Miranda wrote “In the Heights” in the basement before skyrocketing to stardom with “Hamilton.”

Cameron Draper says it was a nurturing place for the creative.

“A place where no matter where you are in your career as an artist, this feels like home,” he told 1010 WINS’ Samantha Liebman.

The new owners are working with the city to find an affordable space to reopen.