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SPECIAL SCREENINGS

BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY

Directed by Dava Whisenant
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 87 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY
As a writer on Late Night with David Letterman, Steve Young’s duties included scouring through record bins in search of potential subjects for the show’s “Dave’s Record Collection” segments. Little did he know, his hunt for offbeat vinyl would thrust him into the world of Broadway-style “industrial musicals” put on by such companies as General Electric, McDonald’s, Ford, and Xerox at their annual sales meetings in the ’50s through the ‘80s. These productions dazzled and motivated their only intended audience, each company’s salesforce, which was regaled with lavish productions such as Lipton on the Move, Lucite, You and ’72, and The Bathrooms Are Coming.

Dava Whisenant follows Young’s odyssey as he tracks down these shows’ souvenir albums, finds kindred fanatics, interviews the performers, songwriters and directors, and discovers rare performance footage of songs such as “My Bathroom” and “Everything’s Coming Up Citgo.” These shows helped pay the bills for then-emerging performers like Florence Henderson, Martin Short, and Chita Rivera, as well as songwriters Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock. A fascinating and hilarious homage to Young’s unique obsession, Bathtubs Over Broadway opens up a seat alongside Young as he takes the audience into a previously unknown world of corporate song and dance.

—Brian Gordon

After the Premiere Screening: Join us after the film for a conversation with members of the cast and a special performance inspired by the film with surprise guests.
New York, Comedy, Documentary, Music, Female Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Female Screenwriter(s)
About the Director(s)
Dava Whisenant is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and Sundance Fellow. Most recently, she produced and edited the Grammy-nominated Sam Pollard documentary Two Trains Runnin'. Whisenant got her start as an editing assistant to Steven Soderbergh, and she also edited at the Late Show with David Letterman for several years.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Dava Whisenant
  • Producer:
    Amanda Spain, Dava Whisenant, Susan Littenberg
  • Screenwriter:
    Ozzy Inguanzo, Dava Whisenant
  • Cinematographer:
    Natalie Kingston, Nick Higgins
  • Editor:
    Dava Whisenant
  • Composer:
    Anthony DiLorenzo
  • Executive Producer:
    Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Jason Blum, David Letterman, Daniel J. Chalfen, Marci Wiseman, Jeremy Gold, Charles Layton
  • Co-Producer:
    Ozzy Inguanzo
  • Title Design and Animation:
    Anton Goddard, Syd Garon, Christopher Kirk
  • Original Song "It'll Change Your Life" written by:
    Steve Young & Anthony DiLorenzo
  • Original Song "Take That Step" written by:
    Steve Young & Hank Beebe
  • Cast:
    David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Susan Stroman, Sheldon Harnick, Jello Biafra

Contacts
  • International Sales Contact
    Dan Cogan
    Impact Partners
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Phone: 646 786 7087
    dan@impactpartnersfilm.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Marci Wiseman
    Blumhouse Television
    Los Angeles, CA 90057
    Phone: 213 835 1055
    mw@blumhouse.com
  • Press Contact
    Layla Hancock-Piper
    Cinetic Media
    New York, 10011
    Phone: 917 963 2448
    layla@cineticmedia.com
  • Print Source
    Dava Whisenant
    Cactus Flower Films
    Los Angeles, 90065
    davamail@me.com

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