“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and several of his collaborators on the hit Broadway show have reportedly purchased a century-old book store in New York to keep it from permanently closing.

Miranda, “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail, lead producer Jeffrey Seller and James Nederlander, the president of the organization that operates the theater the musical is playing in, purchased the Drama Book Shop, a historic store that sells scripts, sheet music and other related materials, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.


The store opened in 1917, and Arthur Seelen, who died in 2000, bought the property in 1958. It has been a cornerstone of the New York drama scene, earning a Tony honor for excellence in 2011.

Rozanne Seelen, Seelen's wife, announced in October that it was being forced to shutter at its current location because of the tough real estate market in Times Square.

“It’s the chronic problem — the rents were just too high, and I’m 84 years old — I just didn’t have the drive to find a new space and make another move,” she told the Times. “Lin-Manuel and Tommy are my white knights.”

The “Hamilton” team of co-owners have vowed to reopen the store in the fall in the more affordable area of Midtown, the newspaper noted. Seelen will remain on the team as a consultant.

Miranda, who is in Puerto Rico preparing for a three-week run of his Broadway smash, said he and his friends all visited the bookstore while launching their careers in theater.

“When I was in high school I would go to the old location and sit on the floor and read plays — I didn’t have the money to buy them,” Miranda told the Times. “After college Tommy Kail and I met in the Drama Book Shop basement, and I wrote a good deal of ‘In the Heights’ there.”

The current location of the Drama Book Shop will close on Jan. 20.