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Bathtubs over Broadway

Big-budget Broadway-style musicals for trade shows

Bathtubs over Broadway

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.

In Bathtubs Over Broadway, filmmaker Dava Whisenant follows Steve Young on his quest to find all he can about this hidden world. 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. Winner of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director, BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY is produced by Dava Whisenant, Amanda Spain, and Susan Littenberg and written by Ozzy Inguanzo and Dava Whisenant. David Letterman also serves as executive producer.

Bathtubs over Broadway

Fri & Sat February 1 & 2, 2019, 7:30 PM; Sun February 3, 2019, 2:00 PM Only, Muenzinger Auditorium

USA, 2018, in English, Color, 87 min, Rated PG-13 for brief language • official site

Director: Dava Whisenant, Writer: Ozzy Inguanzo, Dava Whisenant, Cast: Martin Short, Florence Henderson, David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Susan Stroman

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