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Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018)

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A Late Night comedy writer stumbles upon a hilarious, hidden world of entertainment and finds an unexpected connection to his fellow man. With David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Jello Biafra, and more.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Letterman ... Himself
Martin Short ... Himself
Chita Rivera ... Herself
Susan Stroman ... Herself
Florence Henderson ... Herself
Sheldon Harnick Sheldon Harnick ... Himself
Steve Young ... Himself
Jello Biafra ... Himself
Don Bolles ... Himself
Melody Rogers ... Herself
Willi Burke Willi Burke ... Herself
Peter Shawn Peter Shawn ... Himself
Sandi Freeman Sandi Freeman ... Herself
Patt Stanton Gjonola Patt Stanton Gjonola ... Herself
Hank Beebe Hank Beebe ... Himself
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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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21 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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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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Unexpected poignancy
27 October 2018 | by rebeccashubert93See all my reviews

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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