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.

Children of a Lesser God, the Tony-Award winning 1980 play about deafness and speech, is now in revival on Broadway. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

Kenneth Lonergan's play "Lobby Hero" is making its Broadway debut, starring Michael Cera as a security guard in an upscale New York apartment house. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review of the play at the Helen Hayes Theater this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

The two-play powerhouse Angels in America has opened on Broadway with Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield and others. Join theater critic Howard Shapiro this week on In a Broadway Minute for his review of Tony Kushner’s masterwork Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill play the title roles in Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women," now on Broadway. Join Theater Critic Howard Shapiro for his review of the production this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

Disney's latest movie-turned-Broadway show is Frozen, and this week, theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews the musical. Tune in Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett scores the new Broadway musical Escape to Margaritaville, about the shenanigans at  a Caribbean bar that's an escape for vacationers. Howard Shapiro reviews the new musical this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am (3/16 and 3/17). 



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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