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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  • 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.

    Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • With its balance of exuberant humor and rigorous insight, Bathtubs Over Broadway provides as stellar an education for the uninformed as Siegel's 'The Bathrooms Are Coming!'

    Jan 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Another reminder that top-drawer musical-theater talent has long been more abundant in America than prestigious paying gigs, and that great actors can make you cry when they're singing about car-key blanks.

    Jan 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The deeper layers delve into the limitations of irony, and how a jaded, ironic point of view can turn into its opposite, an earnest ingenuousness.

    Dec 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It is as smoothly entertaining as a showbiz set piece, and at times flat-out funny.

    Dec 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Charming, goofy documentary.

    Dec 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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