NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’ star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda jumped into action earlier this week, after a burst pipe caused major damage to Manhattan’s Drama Book Shop.

The Drama Book Shop, located in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district, serves as a resource to the theater community, offering scripts, plays and other theatrical literature.

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On Feb. 18, Miranda took to Twitter to help spread word of the damage and encourage people to help the store raise money with the hashtag #BuyABook. 

According to Miranda’s Twitter page, the artist has close ties with the locale, saying that’s where he wrote most of his earlier hit musical, ‘In The Heights,’ 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reports.

Manuel also playfully spoke of the book shop’s Shakespeare section, and hailed a store employee named Freddy, who he said “has been my mix tape dealer since 2002.”

According to a manager at the Drama Book Shop, online sales have spiked thanks to Manuel’s efforts.

“After having an inundation through water, we had an inundation on Internet through orders,” he told Stern.

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Other shoppers showed up in person.

“I’m more inclined to buy a book, anything to help support the restoration effort,” Cindy, a shopper, said.

The Drama Book Shop is located at 250 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue.



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