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.
Originally released November 24, 2020. Ashley Park, currently starring in Season Two of Netflix’s “Emily in Paris,” looks back on growing up and going to college in Ann Arbor, as well as hoofing it at the Pittsburgh CLO.
Originally released on December 8, 2020. Eva talks with Tony nominee and star of the Golden Globe Award-winning WEST SIDE STORY film. Faist looks back on his Broadway debut in NEWSIES, originating the Connor Murphy in DEAR EVAN HANSEN, and the way in which he forged a sense of brotherhood among the Jets in WEST SIDE STORY.
Originally released August 25, 2020. Eva talks to the always funny and totally remarkable Uzo Aduba (star of CLDYE’S on Broadway) 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.
On this episode, the final installment of My First Show’s mini-season, we observe the one-year anniversary of the Broadway shutdown the only way we know how: by celebrating the hell out of Broadway’s history, future, and magic.
On this week’s episode of My First Show's mini-season, Eva is joined by the director of SLAVE PLAY, Robert O’Hara, and one of its stars, Ato Blankson-Wood. Both artists are Tony-nominated for their work on Jeremy O.
Continuing the “My First Show” mini-season of dynamic duos, Eva talks to Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey and Andrew Burnap, both Tony-nominated for their performances in THE INHERITANCE.
“My First Show” is back for a very special second season, a “mini-season,” celebrating Broadway and the Tony Awards. As we look to the return of live theater, Eva talks to a powerhouse Broadway mother-daughter duo: Tony Award winner LaChanze and Celia Rose Gooding, a Tony Award nominee for her portrayal of Frankie in Jagged Little Pill.
Historian, gossip columnist and brutally honest theater lover Michael Riedel dishes about, well, almost everything on the season one finale of “My First Show.” Michael talks about his two books, including his most recent, SINGULAR SENSATION: THE TRIUMPH OF BROADWAY.
Tony nominee Mike Faist looks back on his Broadway debut in NEWSIES, originating the “dark and brooding” break-out character Connor Murphy in DEAR EVAN HANSEN, and the way in which he forged a sense of brotherhood among the Jets in the upcoming WEST SIDE STORY film.
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.
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.
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).
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 monks.
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.
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.
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 early days in BYE, BYE, BIRDIE; the children’s show that required him to do a handstand at Radio City Music Hall; and an alternate life as Dr.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 (now) not-so-secret love of the movie Flashdance!
Stage actor, screen actor, activist, Tony winner, gubernatorial candidate... Just a few things that Cynthia Nixon has achieved thus far in her illustrious career. Eva talks to Cynthia about her thoughts on Governor Cuomo, lessons learned from Blythe Danner and the role that came down to her and Sarah Jessica Parker.
#DorothyGoals. Eva talks to her dear friend, Tony Award-winner and Glee Project Finalist/Glee guest star, Ali Stroker. Ali reveals how she got her start from a backyard production of ANNIE (directed by Rachel Antonoff), what accessibility means to her, and a beloved Broadway hippie she’s itching to play!
Take a trip down memory lane with MEAN GIRLS star Barrett Wilbert Weed, as she unearths old Playbills from her childhood bedroom in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Including the national tour of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, with fellow MEAN GIRLS star Kerry Butler as Belle!
Two guests are better than one! Eva speaks with power couple Katie Lowes (Scandal) and Adam Shapiro (Never Have I Ever), TV stars that are theater lovers at their core.
Eva talks to Wayne about his early days as a performer at Walt Disney World, the 1970s revival he wishes he could have been a part of, and one his favorite duets from the musical theater canon. Recorded on Juneteenth. Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.
A definitively ‘delightful’ episode in which Mo reflects on his experience seeing SHOWBOAT as a young man, the relationship between hard work and fun, his stint in competitive gymnastics, and the world’s most thorough investigation of THE WIZARD OF OZ’s inciting incident.
This week, Eva talks to the lovely and hilarious Jesse Tyler Ferguson on MY FIRST SHOW’s very first episode. In addition to being an actor of stage and screen, who makes us laugh and feel, Jesse is an activist who fought for same-sex marriage and LGBTQ rights.
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 presentational election.
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