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The Drama Book Shop celebrates its first anniversary in its new home


originally published: 06/09/2022

(NEW YORK, NY) — The drama library, a 105-year-old independent bookstore in New York City owned by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller and James L. Nederlander, will celebrate its first anniversary since reopening at 266 West 39th Street on Friday, June 10, 2022. Free Cookies of Schmackary’s, the official cookie of Broadway, will be offered to the first 105 customers. Plus, customers with any book purchase of $25 or more will receive a free coffee drink throughout the day.

The Drama Book Shop is a community space for anyone passionate about the arts – students, theatergoers, industry professionals and award-winning artists. Since 1917, The Drama Book Shop has been a mainstay of the New York theater scene, and with the support of the thousands of patrons who have passed through the store’s doors, it will continue to be so for the next 100 years.

Earlier this year, The Drama Book Shop launched an e-commerce site, providing global access to thousands of movie titles. The online store features all the titles available in the New York store and features staff recommendations, new plays, monthly picks, indie titles, top picks for kids and more.

The online store is open and ready for visitors to Dramatic bookstore.

Each month, selected titles are highlighted to support a theme of the month.

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June’s Pride Month picks include: Brilliant half-life (Paperback) by Tanya Barfield; Homeless (Paperback) by Lisa Loomer; choir boy (Paperback) by Tarell Alvin McCraney; playing alone (Hardcover) by Randy Rainbow; From Gay to Z: a ​​queer collection (Hardcover) by Justin Sayre; Loot Candy (Paperback) by Robert O’Hara; A Few Men and Deuce: Two Pieces (Paperback) by Terrence McNally.

Founded in 1917 by the Drama League, The Drama Book Shop became an independent bookstore in 1923 and has since been considered a quintessential cultural institution in New York City. For over 100 years, The Drama Book Shop has been the city’s best source for theatrical works, with over 8,000 pieces regularly in stock. In 2011, The Drama Book Shop received a Tony Award® Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. This award is given to individuals, organizations and institutions that have demonstrated profound achievement in theatre, but are not eligible in any of the established Tony categories.

Longtime friends and patrons of the bookstore, Thomas Kail and Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with Jeffrey Seller and James L. Nederlander, bought the store from Rozanne Seelen, whose late husband Arthur Seelen had purchased the store in 1958. At the over the years the store has moved several times, its most recent location being on West 40th Street. In 2002, a theater group from Wesleyan University founded by Mr. Kail and some friends gathered on the ground floor of the store’s 60-seat Arthur Seelen Theater to rehearse a new musical. Written by Mr. Miranda and Ms. Hudes and directed by Mr. Kail, this show was In the heights, which won four 2008 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It opened on June 11 as a major Warner Brothers film.

The new location, designed by hamilton set designer David Korins and its team, pays homage to 20th century European cafes and reading rooms and offers a full-service cafe serving coffee, teas and light snacks.

Schmackary’s, the official Broadway cookie, has been a community staple for a decade, recently celebrating its 10th anniversary in May. Home to over 85 unique gourmet cookie creations, Schmackary’s is the perfect destination for an after-show treat or a place to enjoy a cookie while reading the next big screenplay. Now, with nationwide shipping, it’s easier than ever to send a little piece of New York to someone you love.

The drama library is located at 266 W. 39th Street in New York, NY. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.