Howard Shapiro

Program Host

Howard Shapiro is host of In A Broadway Minute, which airs Fridays at 8 am and Saturdays at 10 am.

Howard began reviewing Broadway shows for The Classical Network in 2010. He also reviews Philadelphia theater for WHYY, and the written versions of his Philadelphia reviews appear on the blog "Shapiro on Theater." Howard -- everyone calls him "Howie" -- spent 10 years as The Philadelphia Inquirer’s staff theater critic, reviewing in metropolitan Philadelphia and on Broadway. During nearly 43 years at the newspaper, his assorted reporting and editing jobs included cultural arts editor and editor of the Travel section. He’s been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and an Internews Fellow in Greece. He was a fellow, and later a mentor, at the National Endowment for the Arts Institute for theater critics in Los Angeles. Howard teaches arts criticism and travel writing at Temple University and has been hanging around theaters much of his life.criticism and travel writing at Temple University and has been hanging around theaters much of his life.

"Time and the Conways" is a 1937 play being revived on Broadway with Elizabeth McGovern, best known as Lady Grantham in TV's "Downton Abbey." You can hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review of the play this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

Twice as many dramas and comedies open on Broadway during the first half of this season than musicals, and you can hear about some of them this week on In a Broadway Minute. Join theater critic Howard Shapiro Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am for this rundown.

The musical Miss Saigon is back on Broadway in revival, and you can hear a review this week on In a Broadway Minute with theater critic Howard Shapiro. Tune in Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am for his thoughts on this love story set during and after the war in Vietnam. 

This week's In a Broadway Minute (9/22) goes off-Broadway for a new production of Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros with a new twist -- it's in Yiddish. Theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews this production Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

On fateful September 11, 2001, the little Canadian town of Gander, Newfoundland, was inundated with diverted airplanes carrying thousands of passengers from around the world. What happened that day is the subject of the Broadway Musical "Come from Away." Theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews the musical this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

Chazz Palminteri’s "A Bronx Tale" has become a beloved story over the years, and now it's a Broadway musical. Join theater critic Howard Shapiro this week, when he reviews the new musical version of "A Bronx Tale" on In a Broadway Minute Friday morning at 8 and Saturday morning at 10.

"The Play that Goes Wrong" is a British import to Broadway and it involves, well, a play that goes wrong. Theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews the play this Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

The producer and director Harold Prince is a legend on Broadway and the subject of the new musical revue "Prince of Broadway." Theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews the show this week on In a Broadway Minute, Friday morning at 8 and Saturday morning at 10.

Roald Dahl's story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is drawing audiences young and old on Broadway. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review of the musical this week on In a Broadway Minute - Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

Michael Moore, the documentarian and liberal activist, is making his Broadway debut as a monologist in a show he calls "The Terms of My Surrender." Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

 

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