The Drama Book Shop New York to Celebrate its 100th Anniversary 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
The historic Drama Book Shop, located just steps from the heart of Times Square, has been an important part of the theatrical community for 99 years. Now, with the arrival of 2017, the historic book shop begins its 100th Anniversary Year.
Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. on stage, Broadway’s The Trip to Bountiful, 2013. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
The Drama Book Shop, founded in 1917, has had various locations throughout New York City over the last century. Its current venue, 250 West 40th Street, has been the shop’s home for over 25 years. For the last century, the shop has provided the theatre and film community with a treasure trove of playscripts, libretti, technique books, sheet music, and more. Its staff – made of actors, writers, and directors – has been helping customers find monologues and scenes on a daily basis since the shop’s opening. In 2011, The Drama Book Shop received an Honorary Tony Award for excellence in Theatre. The award is proudly on display in the shop for all customers to see. For decades, playwrights, performers and authors have celebrated book releases at the shop with readings and signings. It is also a safe haven to many, students of theatre can often be found in the shop from open to close. Whether they are searching for the perfect audition piece, or just seeking a safe place to discover a new play, performers from around the world have come to call The Drama Book Shop “home”.
The historic shop has had several owners in its 100 years; most notably the Brooklyn born actor Arthur Seelen (October 1, 1924 – February 7, 2000), who passed away at the age of 76. His wife, Rozanne Seelen is the shop’s current owner. The Drama Book Shop will have its official 100th Anniversary Celebration on Seelen’s birthday, Sunday, October 1, 2017. It will be open to customers that day, and will celebrate with a marathon of performances in its theatre- including songs, readings, scenes, monologues, and more from customers, friends, and celebrity guests.
The Drama Book Shop is located at 250 West 40th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, and is open 7 days a week. Customers who are not located in New York are able to order directly from the shop’s website, or via telephone. For more information on the historic bookseller, visit www.dramabookshop.com.
Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Broadway’s The Trip To Bountiful, New York, 2013. As appears in the Coffee Table book: Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
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Sources: Drama Book Shop, BroadwayWorld