Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

About The Film

A must-see for Broadway aficionados, BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED charts the troubled history and ultimate redemption of a legendary Stephen Sondheim flop.

Following a string of Sondheim hits, Merrily We Roll Along opened to great fanfare in 1981, but closed after only 16 performances (only to obtain a loyal following years later). An artistically daring musical about the disillusionment of adulthood, the show’s story was told in reverse, leaving critics and audiences confused, and further mystified by a decision to cast unknown teen actors as grown-ups. Behind-the-scenes footage reveals the electric excitement of open-call auditions, and the collaboration between celebrated composer-lyricist Sondheim and his long-time producer-director Harold Prince. Interviews include Jason Alexander and Mandy Patinkin, composer Adam Guettel, as well as New York Times critic Frank Rich.

Lovingly assembled by original cast member Lonny Price, BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED relives the euphoria and cruel disappointments of the creative process, and the lives transformed by it. 

Film Details

Running Time 
95 minutes