About the film
While working as a writer for the “Late Show With David Letterman,” Steve Young found a handful of old record albums that would change his life: cast recordings from a bizarre and little-known musical-theater subgenre called industrial musicals. These works, intended only for corporate audiences, were lavish, full-throated Broadway-style musical shows financed and produced by companies such as General Electric, McDonald’s, Ford, DuPont and Xerox to motivate their employees. The charming, slyly humorous “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” the first-time directorial effort from veteran editor Dava Whisenant, spotlights Young’s decades-long journey into this hidden corner of American culture, where he meets performers, composers and other enthusiasts. With David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Florence Henderson, Susan Stroman, Jello Biafra and more. Metro Detroit premiere.