When he started as a comedy writer for the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, Steve Young had few interests outside of his day job. But while gathering material for a segment on the show, Steve stumbled onto a few vintage record albums that would change his life forever. Bizarre cast recordings—marked "internal use only"—revealed full-throated Broadway-style musical shows about some of the most recognizable corporations in America: General Electric, McDonald's, Ford, DuPont, Xerox. Steve didn't know much about musical theater, but these recordings delighted him in a way that nothing ever had. While tracking down rare albums, unseen footage, composers and performers, Steve forms unlikely friendships and discovers that this discarded musical genre starring tractors and bathtubs was bigger than Broadway. With David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Florence Henderson, Susan Stroman, Jello Biafra and more.
“Anyone who loves musical theater owes it to themselves to see BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY, a delightful deep-dive documentary into one man's obsession with the obscure world of industrial musicals.” —Peter Debruge, Variety “If Dava Whisenant’s joyous documentary BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY served only to spotlight the occluded corner of American musical history known as the ‘industrial musical,’ it would be perfectly entertaining in its own right. But in its portrayal of one man’s unusual journey, the film has much to say about turning ironic amusement into unalloyed appreciation.” —Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
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