Bathtubs over Broadway


Hart House Theatre Tue, May 1, 2018 9:30 PM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Thu, May 3, 2018 9:00 PM
CC, ASL for intro/Q&A
Isabel Bader Theatre Sat, May 5, 2018 3:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Aging & the Elderly
Capitalism & Big Business
Music & Musicians
Performers & Performance
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Dava Whisenant
Producer(s):Dava Whisenant
Amanda Spain
Susan Littenberg
Executive Producer(s):Jeremy Gold
Marci Wiseman
Jenny Raskin
Dan Cogan
Daniel Chalfen
David Letterman
Charles Layton
Jason Blum
Editor(s):Dava Whisenant
Writer(s):Ozzy Inguanzo
Dava Whisenant
Cinematography:Natalie Kingston
Nick Higgins
Composer:Anthony DiLorenzo


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When Steve Young, writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, was looking for strange record albums to mock on a comedy segment, he turned up a few that sparked big audience laughs and a passion that would last over 20 years. Corporate musicals from the 1950s to the 1980s—with titles like Got to Investigate Silicones and Ford-i-fy Your Future—literally sang the praises of everything from petroleum to ball bearings, Broadway-style. Businesses like General Electric and McDonald’s commissioned these full-scale million-dollar productions strictly for their annual conventions, never intending them for public eyes or ears. Hooked on their hilarity and surprisingly high quality, Young not only began collecting the recordings, but also tracked down their singing and songwriting talents: stars like Martin Short, Chita Rivera and Florence Henderson, as well as talents who never became household names. Meeting the unknown stars of an unsung chapter of musical history strikes a personal chord with Young, an artist reflecting on his own limelight-adjacent career. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Co-presented with The Musical Stage Company.

Additional Information

NOW - 5 Stars, "Ridiculously entertaining."

POV - "Riotous."

POV - Hot Docs Programmers’ Picks: Part 1

IDA - "20 IDA-supported Films Screening at Hot Docs"

Real Screen - ""Island of the Hungry Ghosts," "Bathtubs Over Broadway" win at Tribeca '18."