|re: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Friends Purchase Drama Book Shop|
|Posted by: JereNYC (JereNYC@aol.com) 01:55 pm EST 01/08/19|
|In reply to: re: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Friends Purchase Drama Book Shop - Michael_Portantiere 01:09 pm EST 01/08/19|
|I guess it depends on how these people view the upcoming enterprise and how they want to run it. If they are looking at it as a "community resource," that isn't expected to generate profit, that seems tailor-made for a non-profit venture. I hope they can find/build/renovate a space that is large enough to accommodate a more-or-less comprehensive bookstore as well as a performing space (as the current location offers) and perhaps a bar/coffeeshop/cafe.
I can't help but think that a great example of the sort of place I mean is to be found on the 2nd level of the Signature Center, where patrons will find a reasonably priced bar/restaurant, a small shop (of course, geared toward Signature scripts and merchandise), as well as a lounge and access to 3 performance spaces. Obviously, the shop would need to be much, much bigger than what is available at the Signature, but I just mean that space as a general sort of idea.
Maybe they could even come with a way to offer a consolidated box office for small off-off-Broadway productions all over the city that wouldn't normally appear at TKTS or anywhere but the box offices of the theatres themselves. It would allow people to come to one place and see ticket offerings from all over the city in small venues that they may not have even heard of before. And, assuming tickets are, say, $25 or less, it could spark some impulse shopping from people there to sip coffee or hunt for a script. "Hey, I love that play...there's a production going on in Brooklyn? Where? I've never heard of this company. Ticket's are $20? Huh...let's give it a go...I wasn't doing anything tonight anyway."
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