My First Show

My First Show


Like many of us, Eva grew up doing theater.

She attended musical theater camp and loved Broadway musicals. While a true passion, Eva chose to pursue a career in politics. She began by working for the Gore campaign during the infamous 2000 presidential election. She then transitioned to journalism, spending five years with ABC News as an Assignment Editor and Coordinating Producer, where she covered 9/11, the Iraq War, the 2004 Presidential Election, the death of Pope John Paul II, amongst others.

En route towards a successful lifetime career in news, Eva made the decision to follow her original, true passion. In 2005, she left her job at ABC News to pursue a life in the theater, as a producer. The decision to leave a steady job and start from scratch in a famously cutthroat industry was not an easy one. But it certainly paid off. Eva has amassed over 18 Broadway credits and three Tony Awards. And, last year, she had four Broadway shows running simultaneously at one point. Her success can, of course, be attributed to her hard work and tenacity, but also to returning to her first love, building on the passion generated from her formative experiences in the theater—her first shows.

On each episode of My First Show, Eva speaks with a different luminary from the entertainment industry, framing the discussion around four questions:

  • What was the first show you saw?
  • What was the first show you were in?
  • What was your first professional show?
  • If you could be in any show, anywhere, at any time, what would it be?

Through a lively and personal conversation, Eva explores each guest’s formative experiences, how ambitions became reality and what dream roles still remain.

Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.



My First Show - Episode 19: Ashley Park

Episode 19: Ashley Park

Ashley Park, star of Broadway’s MEAN GIRLS and Netflix’s “Emily Paris,” looks back on growing up and going to college in Ann Arbor, as well as hoofing it at the Pittsburgh CLO. She also discusses her long-term relationship with the role of Millie, former audition song that required ...
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Episode 18: Robin Lord Taylor

Robin Lord Taylor, star of “Gotham” and “You,” looks back on how he fell in love with musical theater by listening to cast albums growing up in Iowa. He also reminisces about his first professional gig with fellow Northwestern alums, his acting influences for his iconic portrayal of ...
My First Show - Episode 17: Carly Hughes

Episode 17: Carly Hughes

Carly Hughes, star of ABC’s “American Housewife,” recounts her discovery of musical theater on this episode of MY FIRST SHOW. Passion and hard work propelled Carly to landing classic, leading roles in summer stock theaters and multiple Broadway credits (PIPPIN, BEAUTIFUL). Carly recounts all of this, as well ...
My First Show Episode 16 Alysia Reiner

Episode 16: Alysia Reiner

Actor/Producer/Activist and “Orange is the New Black” and “Better Things” star Alysia Reiner joins Eva to reflect on her most impactful moments as an actor—from seeing A CHORUS LINE as her first Broadway show to meeting her husband in the chorus of EVITA to an industrial for Franciscan ...
Episode 15: Dan Fogler

Episode 15: Dan Fogler

Eva talks to Tony Award-winner Dan Fogler about the creation of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, his work as a comic book creator, and an experience with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF that was… unexpected. Dan speaks to the voyage of making a movie mid-pandemic; with equal ...
My First Show - Episode 14: Shakina Nayfack

Episode 14: Shakina Nayfack

Eva talks to activist/artist Shakina Nayfack about the shows that impacted her growing up, from BYE, BYE, BIRDIE to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW; the ways in which she reflects her own life in her work; and what it feels like to be on Must See TV ...


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