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 13: Frankie Grande

Episode 13: Frankie Grande

Shine bright like a Frankie! Eva talks to the one and only Frankie Grande, star of the stage, screen and probably your iPhone. Frankie reminisces on his his early days in BYE, BYE, BIRDIE; the children’s show that required him to do a handstand at Radio City Music ...
My First Show - Episode 12: Greg Berlanti

Episode 12: Greg Berlanti

Find some brightness in our 12th episode, where we talk to film/television giant Greg Berlanti about his early days going to Broadway shows with his mom and the impact LA CAGE AUX FOLLES left on him. We also talk to Greg about his love for LITTLE SHOP OF ...
My First Show - Episode 11: Uzo Aduba

Episode 11: Uzo Aduba

Eva talks to the always funny and totally remarkable Uzo Aduba about the production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL that started it all, the art of the talk-sing, and a misunderstanding that may have invented the greatest musical mashup of all time ...
My First Show - Episode 10: Rachel Bloom

Episode 10: Rachel Bloom

ROLE MODEL ALERT. Eva talks to the one and only Rachel Bloom, creator and star of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," new mom, and general delight. Tune in to hear about how Rachel found her niche, combining musical theater and sketch comedy, and an armchair psychology session for Harold Hill. Our ...
My First Show - Episode 9: Barrett Foa

Episode 9: Barrett Foa

Eva talks to Broadway and television star Barrett Foa. Barrett reflects on his eleven years (!) on NCIS: Los Angeles, how his approach to social media has changed this year, and the Andrew Lloyd Webber show that got his passion for musical theater rolling! ...
My First Show - Episode 8: Tiler Peck

Episode 8: Tiler Peck

Eva talks to New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck. While performances at the Koch Theater are on pause, this Broadway and Ballet star is on anything BUT pause! Tune in to hear about her daily live Instagram dance classes, her new book, "Katarina Ballerina," and a ...


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