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Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Lonny Price

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About the Movie

The dramatic, surprising, bittersweet story of one of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway: Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, which opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after just sixteen performances. A powerful meditation on the choices we make - and the often unexpected consequences of those choices - featuring appearances by Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin and the original Broadway cast of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 18
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [Mr. Price's] passionate enthusiasm and sense of wonder animate every frame and leave you with a misty-eyed glow. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Nov 17, 2016

Fresh: A love letter to the theater-and a deeply poignant one at that-Lonny Price's sentimental documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened... is a bittersweet gem. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Nov 28, 2016

Fresh: The story of a legendary, rare theatrical failure from Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince doubles as an inspiring tale of ambition, youth and why we make art – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Dec 6, 2016

Fresh: "Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened" illustrates an essential principle of art: You have to risk cataclysmic failure - and, at times, fall into it - if you're planning to scale the heights. – Owen Gleiberman, Variety, Nov 18, 2016

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Customer Reviews

A must, even for non-theater goers.

A brillant play within a play within a play. The original actors live the theme of the show - you don't know where you're going to end up - any of it. A miracle all this footage was available. A separate great documentary of how the crazy process of staging a new show happens. I have the original cast album (on CD) somewherre in the basement. I forgot how incredible the music is. I can't reccommend it highly enough.


Bravo to Lonny Price for a beautifully written and produced documentary. I’ve seen basically EVERY broadway/musical theater-based documentary out there and this tops them all. You will love it. Even if you don't love Broadway. Or know who Sondheim is.
It will make you think about the dreams you make, then fail, succeed...or give up along the way before you meet new dreams. And it begs you to ask the question: Would younger you like the you that you are now?

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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