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 Broadway musical called "The Prom" looks at a tiny town where the senior prom is cancelled after a lesbian student says she intends to bring her girlfriend as her date. Now the show has been turned into a star-studded musical for Netflix. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review of the film this week on In a Broadway Minute, Friday (12/11) at 8 am and Saturday (12/12) at 10 am.

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