2016 - USA - 95 MINUTES
A FILM BY LONNY PRICE
One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after sixteen performances. For the first time, BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of the show's creation - and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it. Directed by Lonny Price, a member of the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choices we all make, and the often unexpected consequences of those choices -- through success and failure. Featuring exclusive appearances by Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich and the original Broadway cast of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.
4 Stars! "Broadway fans will eat up Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened"
- NOW Magazine
"Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened is a celebration not just of a remarkable production of an underappreciated musical, but of the unexpected journeys that people’s lives take. And it’s fitting Price gives the last word in the film to the performers’ 1981 selves, still looking forward to opening night and to the lives that have yet to unfold."
- Globe and Mail
"a sobering, matter-of-fact account that part of growing up simply involves assessing prospects, weighing values, and reshaping dreams."
- POV Magazine
" a naturally charming and thoughtful feel good experience."
- Toronto Film Scene