In the dingy recesses of your local record store, forgotten gems of Broadway's unknown past can be found. That's something this documentary sheds considerable light on. Broadway has a robust history of amazing musicals, but did you ever think you'd be humming a tune about your new bathroom utilities?
Meet Steve Young, long time writer for Late Night with David Letterman. A man who describes himself as someone who no longer finds the world of comedy capable of tickling his funny bone.
He had found himself alone while his wife was visiting family and didn't know what to do with himself. He drank for an evening and found it didn't agree with him. The next day he stumbled upon a record store and, while perusing their tomes, found a new passion in this forgotten era of Broadway.
It became a regular segment on Late Night with David Letterman, exposing Steve's latest find of bizarre songs. From Speech Training for Birds to Prescriptions Being Filled.
Slowly, Steve began to collect more and more of these rare finds, much to the chagrin of other collectors. He'd scour Ebay to outbid everyone for rare records, including musical well-knowns such as Jello Biafra.
In the 1950's, 60's, 70's and 80's, putting on these Industrial musicals was a way for a company to excite their sales staff and inform them of the new features of their products. And it was a way for Broadway stars and musicians to earn money when not acting in more well known fare.
Steve goes on a journey from collector to interviewer, meeting the surviving stars and authors of the musicals, befriending all while reviving this forgotten era. If you enjoy Broadway Musicals and bizarre product placement, this is a must watch. It's a very light-hearted documentary that is full of the warm & fuzzies. Give it a try and find yourself crooning about your Ford Tractor after!