The Drama Book Shop is no longer facing the music.
The Theater District fixture, renowned for its large selection of theatrical scripts and sheet music, has been the source of some drama itself after announcing it would close because of soaring rents.
But now the shop is getting a second act, thanks to Hamilton author and star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
"This is a New York institution and such a haven for theater artists of all kinds and coming here between auditions or on a lunch break has always been a big part of my life and every actor I know, so it's amazing news," said one relieved and avid customer of the book shop.
Back in October, the store's owners said it would be impossible to stay open because the landlord wanted to nearly double its rent to $30,000 a month from $18,000.
The shop’s last minute reprieve came after Miranda, who has been a vocal supporter for years, decided to team up with some Hamilton colleagues to buy it.
Miranda famously finished writing his first Tony award winning musical, In the Heights, in the Drama Book Shop’s basement.
Freddy Padilla has worked here since the store opened in 2001, and says Miranda is still a regular.
"He just drops in to say ‘Hi.’ To see him come out, and help us the way he did, it's great. I don't know how to describe it, I'm still processing it," Padilla said.
Hamilton Director Thomas Kail, theater owner James Nederlander, and Producer Jeffery Seller are joining Miranda in the purchase.
Customers are thrilled.
"I think this place is a wonderful resource for the city. I'm so glad that people got together and keep it alive," said one regular customer.
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment assisted in the rescue effort. Customers will have to live without the store for a little while though, the Drama Book Shop here on West 40th Street is closing on January 20th as it prepares to relocate to an undisclosed location in the fall.