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.

The renovated Helen Hayes Theater reopens in a few weeks, and also enlarges the scope of non-profit producers on Broadway. Howard Shapiro explains more about it this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

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Broadway's "Phantom of the Opera" has reached another milestone in its storied stage history. Join Howard Shapiro this week on In a Broadway Minute as he notes this and other accomplishments of this Broadway favorite. In a Broadway Minute airs Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

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John Lithgow is on Broadway in a one-man show he’s written about storytelling and his father. He also performs stories by Ring Lardner and P. G. Wodehouse. Join theater critic Howard Shapiro this week for his review of John Lithgow: Stories by Heart Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

The revival of an Afro-Caribbean inspired musical called "Once on This Island," a piece of storytelling that combines spirituality and values, has opened on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

Mark Rylance stars in "Farinelli and the King," a production about the famed 18th-century castrato countertenor and his relationship with Spain's King Philip the Fifth. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review of this play by Claire van Kampen on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am (1/12 and 1/13).

"The Children" is a new Broadway play by Lucy Kirkwood about two retired nuclear scientists upended by a disaster at the reactor they helped to build. Join Theater Critic Howard Shapiro for his review of this play Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

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The cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants is now a full-blown musical on Broadway at the Palace Theatre. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

Uma Thurman is making her Broadway debut in a new play called The Parisian Woman, about Washington politics behind the scenes. Theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews the play this week on "In a Broadway Minute," Friday morning at 8 and Saturday morning at 10.

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