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.


6:30 p.m. Fri., April 12
Cinema Detroit

5:45 p.m. Sat., April 13
Patriot Theater
at the War Memorial

Film credits

Rated: PG-13; brief language 
Year: 2018  
Run time: 1 hour, 27 minutes  
Director: Dava Whisenant  
Producers: Dava Whisenant, Amanda Spain, Susan Littenberg, Ozzy Inguanzo, Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Daniel J. Chalfen, David Letterman, Jason Blum, Marci Wiseman, Jeremy Gold, Charles Layton,  
Cinematographers: Natalie Kingston, Nick Higgins 
Editor: Dava Whisenant 
Composer: Anthony DiLorenzo  
Animation & motion graphics: Mindbomb Films