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Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018)

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A Late Night comedy writer stumbles upon a hilarious, hidden world of corporate entertainment and finds an unexpected connection to his fellow man. Tribeca and WGA Award winner.

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Dava Whisenant
13 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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David Letterman ... Self
Martin Short ... Self
Chita Rivera ... Self
Susan Stroman ... Self
Florence Henderson ... Self
Sheldon Harnick Sheldon Harnick ... Self
Steve Young ... Self
Jello Biafra ... Self
Don Bolles ... Self
Melody Rogers ... Self
Willi Burke Willi Burke ... Self
Peter Shawn Peter Shawn ... Self
Sandi Freeman Sandi Freeman ... Self
Patt Stanton Gjonola Patt Stanton Gjonola ... Self
Hank Beebe Hank Beebe ... Self
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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. Written by Official site

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Rated PG-13 for brief language | See all certifications »

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The documentary's title is a play on the title of the 1994 film, "Bullets over Broadway". See more »

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It'll Change Your Life
Written by Anthony Di Lorenzo and Steve Young
Performed by Bathtubs Over Broadway Orchestra & Session Singers
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Everything's Coming Up Toilets
4 December 2018 | by yzazzSee all my reviews

Snark turns into heart as former Letterman head-writer Steve Young becomes more and more involved in the mysterious world of industrial musicals.

For several decades, unbeknownst to the general public, corporate America treated its sales and management staff to custom made musical theater, all themed to product lines and selling strategies. Through the discovery of some souvenir records, originally obtained for "Dave's record collection" bits on Late Night with David Letterman, Young goes down the rabbit hole of this bizarre world of big-budget corporate one-off musicals. The film begins offering bits and pieces of this strange world as Young's obsession with collecting the rare relics leads him to contacting various players from the world of industrial musicals.

Early-on, it becomes clear that Young's appreciation has moved beyond snark into genuine affection. He still finds the music absurd, but he is charmed by It nonetheless. However, for the first half of the film he appears to be on a self-serving, obsessive quest to acquire these records, and the relationships he develops with other collectors he seem to be just a means to that end. Gradually, he begins to meet the players involved in the creation of the musicals: the songwriters and actors, many of whom used these evanescent works as their sole means of support. He, and the film's audience, cannot help but be charmed by these characters and their enthusiasm for what they created. It is only toward the latter third of the film that Young moves from a fairly engaging guide through the history of industrial musicals to a character the audience can root for. He goes from a sort of disaffected comedy nerd to a more evolved and empathetic human being. It's that sub-plot that gives this gem of a documentary it's real heart.


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21 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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