Bathtubs Over Broadway



Sequoia 1 Thu, Oct 11, 2018 2:30 PM
Sequoia 2 Thu, Oct 11, 2018 2:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:87 min.
Director:Dava Whisenant
Producer:Amanda Spain
Dava Whisenant
Susan Littenberg
Screenwriter:Ozzy Inguanzo
Dava Whisenant
Cinematographer:Natalie Kingston
Nick Higgins
Editor:Dava Whisenant
Cast:Steve Young
David Letterman
Martin Short
Chita Rivera
Susan Stroman
Jello Biafra
Print Source:Impact Partners
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo


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This joyous romp through a musical history you never knew existed will have you singing along to discarded musical masterpieces that were, in their time, even bigger than Broadway. Comedy writer Steve Young rarely felt compelled to pursue hobbies outside of his happy 25-year career on The Late Show with David Letterman. Little did he know that the Late Show segment “Dave’s Record Collection” would lead him to discover an almost entirely secret golden age of mid-20th century industrial musicals, an entertaining and engaging world of lavish Broadway-style shows. Dava Whisenant’s directorial debut accompanies Young in his quest to not only build the definitive record collection of these eccentric gems, but also to connect with equally obsessive collectors (Sport Murphy, Jello Biafra, Don Bolles), as well as the talented collaborators, both known (Martin Short, Chita Rivera, Florence Henderson) and unknown, who provided their ample talents to these idiosyncratic theatrical delights.

Expected Guests: Director/Producer/Writer Dava Whisenant; Producers Susan Littenberg, Amanda Spain; Writer/CoProducer Ozzy Inguanzo; Talent Steve Young (All Screenings)

In association with Marin Theatre Company

Additional Information

Dava Whisenant is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and Sundance Fellow making her directorial debut with Bathtubs Over Broadway, for which she received the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best New Documentary Director prize. Dava’s other music docs include the Grammy-nominated film Two Trains Runnin’ (2016); which she produced and edited for director Sam Pollard; the 3D rave documentary Under the Electric Sky (2014); and Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself (2010), an American Masters film. Her diverse experience includes serving as supervising producer for the BBC, editing assistant to Steven Soderbergh, and editor at The Late Show with David Letterman.