Thursday, December 8 2022

The Drama Book Shop has announced the launch of an e-commerce site, providing worldwide access to thousands of movie titles. The online store features all of the titles available in the New York store and will feature staff recommendations, new plays, monthly picks, indie titles, top picks for kids and more. Each month, selected titles will be highlighted to support a theme of the month.

The online store is open and ready for Drama Book Shop visitors. (shop.dramabookshop.com)

Some titles for Women’s History Month include:

a??a??A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Pioneer! (Hardcover)
By Anika Aldamuy Denise, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)

The America Play and Other Works (Paperback)
By Suzan-Lori Parks

Nina: A Nina Simone Story (Hardcover)
By Traci N. Todd, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)

Wit: A Play (Paperback)
By Margaret Edson

April will feature works related to comedy, jazz and spring, as well as celebrating Library Week and Earth Day. May will honor Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month and June will celebrate Pride Month.

The Drama Book Shop opened to the public in its new home at 266 West 39th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Founded in 1917 by the Drama League, The Drama Book Shop became an independent bookstore in 1923 and has since been considered a quintessential New York City cultural institution. 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, that 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 his team, pays homage to 20th century European cafes and reading rooms and includes a full-service café serving coffee, teas and light snacks.

The Drama Book Shop is a community space for anyone enthusiastic about arts students, theater enthusiasts, 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 customers who have passed through the shop’s doors, it will continue to be so for the next 100 years.

Business hours
Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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