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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
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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Joyously entertaining tribute to musical theatre
1 March 2019 | by jmholmes-73727See all my reviews

Where has this movie been hiding this year? Perhaps because so many documentaries, the vast majority, are serious and often eager to expose troubling events in the world, it's hard to imagine such a film being delightful and charmingly eccentric. Yet that is exactly what this documentary is. One of a kind, this is a nostalgic look at a type of entertainment that existed only on the stages of auditoriums hosting company business conferences. Car and tractor companies, dog food manufacturers, and plumbing and bathroom suppliers - all financed these peculiar stage musicals to entertain and encourage their salesmen and employees in cities across the U.S.A. One of the head writers of the David Letterman Show seems to have literally discovered this forgotten branch on the tree of show business. The results of his digging around obscure record shops and interviewing writers and actors, as well as uncovering rare film clips of some of these lively performances - are on display here. For fans of Broadway style musicals and the fringes of show business, this gets close to heaven.


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21 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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