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.

Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole are performing as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden in the new Broadway musical called War Paint, about the cosmetic empires the two women founded. Howard Shapiro will review War Paint this week on "In a Broadway Minute" Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

What happens after Henrik Ibsen's classic, A Doll's House, is over? Playwright Lucas Hnath imagines that in his new Broadway play A Doll's House, Part 2. Howard Shapiro will review the play this week on "In a Broadway Minute."

An unusual take on Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR is unfolding these nights in Central Park.  Join Howard Shapiro this week, when he reviews this Public Theater  version on In a Broadway Minute.

So much high quality graced Broadway this season, it's hard to tell who will come out on top at the Tony Awards on Sunday night. Theater critic Howard Shapiro gives his Tony predictions this week on In a Broadway Minute. 

The much admired movie Groundhog Day is now a musical on Broadway, starring the magnetic Andy Karl. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review this week on “In a Broadway Minute”. 

Kevin Kline is starring in the revival of Noel Coward's comedy Present Laughter on Broadway, the first time he's performing there in 10 years. Theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews the production this week on In a Broadway Minute.

In an unusual arrangement, Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon are trading roles each performance in the Broadway revival of Lillian Hellman's classic play, The Little Foxes. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review.

Reading, Pennsylvania, is the setting for Lynn Nottage’s new Broadway play 'Sweat,' which looks at the hits factory towns and their residents have taken as manufacturing moves out. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review of the play.

 

Paula Vogel's new Broadway play "Indecent" is about another play, a Yiddish drama that depicted the first scene of lesbianism on stage. Howard Shapiro reviews "Indecent" this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

The new Broadway play "Oslo" chronicles the intrigue behind the secret meetings that led in 1993 to the first agreement between Palestinians and Israelis. Hear Theater critic Howard Shapiro's review of this play.

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