Bathtubs Over Broadway

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Bathtubs Over Broadway pulls back the curtains on a delightfully entertaining -- and surprisingly affecting -- glimpse into a largely forgotten corner of pop culture.

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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.

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  • America might be going down the crapper, but this riotous doc reminds us that, like bathrooms, it can be a special kind of place.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A loving ode to a forgotten piece of American culture, and the people who have kept it alive after history had left it behind. It's an utter and complete delight.

    May 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's not hyperbole to say that this film is a celebration of the wonders humanity can achieve, whether the entire world or just a hundred people from sales are taking notice.

    May 9, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brett White

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  • [Steve] Young is a genial enough guide, and [Dava] Whisenant illustrates the history of his quest with rare clips

    March 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Bathtubs Over Broadway is an odd documentary. You're definitely going to laugh and laugh out loud.

    February 6, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

    Alan Ng

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  • It makes you ponder, from the standpoint of cultural anthropology, the differences between then and now, with conglomerates today hell-bent on enriching shareholders by decimating workforces.

    January 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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