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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
One needn't enter into viewing this documentary with any background knowledge of either musical theater or the corporate world to find oneself deeply moved by an exploration of the strange landscape where those two worlds meet. Initially, the film presents itself as a quirky investigation of the bizarre world of industrial musicals, played for laughs. By the end, it turns into something much sweeter and stranger, a testament to friendship, passion, and the human spirit. I laughed, cried, smiled, and wondered. The film is worth every minute of your time.
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