Bathtubs Over Broadway takes you into the secret world of corporate musicals you were never meant to see

Steve Young discusses his new documentary about the extravagant Broadway-style musicals that companies like Ford and McDonald's commissioned for private entertainment.
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Originally published on May 3, 2018

The nominations for this year's Tony Awards came out this week, acknowledging the best of the best on Broadway. But would you believe that there are a number of other lavish musicals — complete with catchy songs, choreographed dances and intricate costumes — that were never intended for the general public?

Steve Young, a former writer for The Late Show With David Letterman, discovered that companies like Ford, McDonald's and General Electric all had commissioned musicals to entertain clients and investors at corporate meetings. Unable to believe that these secret shows existed, Young decided to make a documentary called Bathtubs Over Broadway, which takes you into this mysterious world.

Television writer Steve Young with Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto, Ont. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

Young joined Tom Power in the q studio to talk about his new documentary and his newfound obsession.

You can catch Bathtubs Over Broadway at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, which runs until Sunday, May 6.

Produced by Ben Edwards​


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