Bathtubs Over Broadway

A comedy writer’s decade-spanning obsession with industrial musicals

2018 | Running Time: 87 minutes | Rating: NR

Steve Young, the Late Show with David Letterman comedy writer, had few interests outside of his day job. But while on assignment scouring for material in a vinyl bargain-bin, Young stumbled on a bizarre series of cast recordings — marked “internal use only.” On them was a series of full-throated Broadway-style musical shows about some of the most recognizable corporations in America. BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY follows Young on, what has now become, a decade-spanning obsession to find all he can about this hidden world. While tracking down rare albums, unseen footage, composers and performers, Young forms unlikely friendships and discovers that this discarded musical genre starring tractors and bathtubs was bigger than Broadway. BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Director/Producer: Dava Whisenant; Producers: Amanda Spain, Susan Littenberg; Co-Producer: Ozzy Inguanzo; Executive Producers: Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Jason Blum, David Letterman, Daniel J. Chalfen, Marci Wiseman, Jeremy Gold, Charles Layton

Tribeca Film Festival 2018: Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award
Vancouver International Film Festival 2018: Most Popular International Documentary Film
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2018: Top 20 Audience Favorites (nomination)
International Documentary Association 2018: Creative Recognition Award – Best Music (nomination), Best Music Documentary (nomination)
Hamptons International Film Festival 2018: SummerDocs Audience Award
Nantucket Film Festival 2018: Audience Award – Best Documentary Feature
Traverse City Film Festival 2018: Special Mention – Exuberance in Documentary Filmmaking
Heartland International Film Festival 2018: Humor & Humanity Award, Grand Prize – Documentary Feature (nomination)
Sidewalk Film Festival 2018: Audience Choice Award – Best Documentary
Nashville Film Festival 2018: Honorable Mention – Gibson Music Films/Music City Competition, Grand Jury Prize – Gibson Music Films/Music City Competition (nomination)
Philadelphia Film Festival 2018: Student Choice Award – Best Documentary Feature (nomination)

“The film tips its hat at a forgotten art, which reminded people that they matter.”