Lin-Manuel Miranda Just Saved A Bookstore From Closing Down
Proving he's just as wholesome as we always suspected, Lin-Manuel Miranda has saved a neighbourhood bookshop from closure.
The actor/musician/writer/director/musical theatre genius can now add "quaint bookstore owner" to his CV after purchasing The Drama Book Shop in New York.
Miranda teamed up with his Hamilton friends and colleagues -- director Thomas Kail and lead producer James L. Nederlander -- to buy the store from its current owner, 84-year-old Rozanne Seelen, The New York Times reports.
Miranda wrote on Twitter that the store held a special place in his heart -- noting it was where he and Kail nurtured their love for musical theatre.
"As a teen, I went to the @dramabookshop on 47th," he wrote.
"Spent hours reading plays. Felt made for me, a place to go. In 2002, I met Tommy Kail in the Drama Book Shop. It gave us a place to go.
"Proud to be part of this next chapter. A place for you to go," the Mary Poppins star wrote.
The store owner's husband, Arthur Seelen -- who passed away in 2000 -- purchased the beloved shop in 1958. In recent years, the rent in Manhattan became impossible to keep up with.
“Lin-Manuel and Tommy are my white knights," Seelen told the NY Times.
Miranda and Kail -- who definitely live life as though it's a movie -- said they were inspired by the classic 1946 Christmas movie It's A Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart, in which the townspeople of Bedford Falls rally around a struggling family bank.
“There was no hesitation,” Kail said. “The Building and Loan was struggling, and we could do something.”
Celebrities, New Yorkers and fans of Miranda's are praising the actor for saving the tiny store from extinction.
"We don't deserve Lin-Manuel Miranda. This is amazing," tweeted Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Melissa Fumero.
"This makes me so happy," wrote Crazy Rich Asians actress Constance Wu of the news.
The book store will officially re-open at a new, undisclosed location later this year. And although Seelen has now sold the business, she'll stay on as a consultant at the new shop.
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