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Bathtubs Over Broadway$11.50
Bathtubs Over Broadway – (dir. Dava Whisenant)
West Mall 7 Theatres – Doors Open 6:00pm – Film Begins 6:30pm
TRT: 87 min
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Film Summary: 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 Steve 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.
What the critics are saying:
ENDEARING. A portrait of hobby turned obsession, a chronicle of a little-known subgenre of musical theater and an elegy for a period in midcentury America when company loyalty was, well, fun.
– New York Times
A chronicle of an obsessive quest to compile an unknown history that combines a music nerd’s love of esoterica with a detective’s love of following leads down interesting detours.
– Rolling Stone
The film tips its hat at a forgotten art, which reminded people that they matter. America might be going down the crapper, but this riotous doc reminds us that, like bathrooms, it can be a special kind of place—and certainly was, way back when.
– POV Magazine
Set against the final days of the “Late Show,” the wildly entertaining documentary has considerable gravitas to go with its steady stream of crowd-pleasing musical numbers.
– Moveable Fest
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