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‘Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened’: Film Review | NYFF 2016

11 Oct 2016
in Featured Buzz, News


Lonny Price, one of the original Broadway leads of ‘Merrily We Roll Along,’ recalls the emotional rollercoaster of that Stephen Sondheim show’s creation and its illusion-shattering early demise.
Of all the clamorous flops in Broadway history, few musicals are as beloved as Merrily We Roll Along, the 1981 collaboration of composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and producer-director Harold Prince that brought their celebrated partnership to a halt when it closed after just 16 performances. Lonny Price, one of the youthful original cast who believed that working with their idols meant they had made it, chronicles the show’s creation in this lovingly assembled documentary, reliving both the euphoria of the experience and its crushing disappointments.

Picked up by Abramorama for release following its New York Film Festival premiere, the film will be devoured by musical theater aficionados. And while this poignant nostalgia piece can’t match the extraordinary you-are-there vitality or compact narrative shaping of D.A. Pennebaker’s Original Cast Album: Company, it should find a place alongside that treasured 1970 film on the shelves of the Sondheim faithful.


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