Bathtubs Over Broadway


Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30pm

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. “Bathtubs Over Broadway” follows 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. Filmmaker Dava Whisenant won the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award for the film at the Tribeca Film Festival.

87 min.

Directed by

Dava Whisenant



Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Music Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight


Comedy Music Theater


With subject Young, who will perform a few of his favorite industrial-musical songs.

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