The beloved Drama Book shop is not going to renew their lease at its 40th street location next year. Rising rents have Allen Hubby, a vice president of The Drama Book Shop, stating the store couldn’t afford to pay much more than its current rent of nearly $20,000 a month, but plans to move to another location in the neighborhood and to remain in the theater district. The store was founded around 1917 by the Drama League, a theatrical association. Over the decades before landing in its current location at 250 West 40th Street in 2001. Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted (@Lin_Manuel): “Nnnnnnope. We’ll get into it when I get home from Puerto Rico. @dramabookshop”
Miranda’s tweet, had customers sending books flying off the shelves. Miranda then called on other composers and playwrights to autograph their published work at the store. Signed copies of books, plays and scores at the bookstore are sold for list price. Fans have stepped up and started a GoFundMe campaign for The Drama Book Shop with a goal of raising $20,000
Company XIV, which recently presented their acclaimed production of Ferdinand: Boylesque Bullfight, will open a return engagement of their hit holiday spectacular Nutcracker Rouge at Theatre XIV on Sunday, November 18th at 6 pm
NYPD investigated a suspicious package at post office in Midtown Manhattan at West 52nd Street. West 52nd was closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic between 8th and 9th avenues. A section of 9th Avenue was also closed.
King Lear has moved to the Cort Theatre and begins begins previews on Feb. 28th. Hillary and Clinton takes their spot at the Golden Theatre and begins previews on March 16th.
Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams is join the Cast of Tony-Winning Once On This Island. Michelle Williams will take on the role of Erzulie beginning November 30, replacing Darlesia Cearcy, who will play her final performance in the role on November 28. Williams will continue in the musical through June 2, 2019.