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It's the last chance to see three fine Broadway productions that opened this season in limited runs and will close within the next few weeks. Hear more from Theater Critic Howard Shapiro this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

This week’s Dress Circle (2/18  7:00 p.m.) will be a survey of some of the CDs of a group formed in 1995 called “The Broadway Kids.”  This rotating cast of young people between the ages of eight and sixteen, had to appear in at least one Broadway or off-Broadway show or a major national tour in order to audition, and we’ll be looking at three of their eight CDs including The Broadway Kids “Sing Broadway,” “Back on Broadway,” and “Sing America.”  

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. 

Valentine’s Day is creeping up, and The Dress Circle will be all about love this week (2/11  7:00 p.m.) with songs that ask some musical questions from some rather unfamiliar shows.  We’ll begin with a few “love” songs with titles that just were just too good to resist like “Kiss Me and Kill Me with Love” from “Ankles Aweigh” and “I Love You Like a Table” from “Waitress,” but the bulk of the show will be a series of songs that ask a variety of questions about love like “Must It Be Love?” from “Bajour,” “Why Did You Make Me Love You?” from “Radio Gals,” and “Where Is Love?” 

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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. 

Just for fun, this week’s Dress Circle (1/28  7:00 p.m.) will be celebrating “Backward’s Day” a few days early.  Every January 31st, Backwards Day gives people the chance to reverse their ways, to go back to a simpler way of life, just to have a wonderful time eating dinner for breakfast, wearing their clothes backwards, talking backwards, or even just saying goodbye when they meet someone. 

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 works of Stephen Sondheim will be featured on this week’s Dress Circle (1/14 7:00 p.m.) but nothing from cast recordings.  Instead, we’ll be featuring a variety of ladies who have recorded Sondheim’s music over the years.  The list includes Judy Collins who has the honor of singing “Send in the Clowns,” the only Sondheim song that made it into the popular charts where it spent eight weeks and made it to number 6 in 1975.  

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