Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened...
2016, Lonny Price, USA, 95 min.
- Fri, Mar 31st 2:00pm
- Sat, Apr 1st 1:30pm
- Wed, Apr 5th 6:00pm
"A beautiful Broadway memoir... fond, swift, bittersweet." — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“Should be catnip for Sondheim aficionados, musical theater geeks, and anyone who loves a how-did-you-get-there-from-here story.” — Robert Abele, The Wrap
In this personal behind the scenes tale of one of Broadway’s legendary flops, director/actor Price chronicles the strange, exhilarating and career-changing experience of being cast as a lead in Stephen Sondheim’s short-lived "Merrily We Roll Along." In 1981, fresh from a string of hits including "Sweeney Todd," the duo of Sondheim and Hal Prince geared up to stage their next show, hiring a cast of young unknowns. Dreams of stardom are dashed when, amid scathing reviews, the show closes after only sixteen performances. Price, now a renowned Broadway director in his own right (he also played a supporting role in DIRTY DANCING), pieces together the musical’s rise, fall, and reemergence as a classic through rediscovered audition and rehearsal videos, footage of a 2002 original cast reunion concert with Sondheim and Prince in attendance, and an insightful look at how the experience impacted the careers of a clutch devastated young actors. DCP digital. (BS)
Wednesday, April 5 at 6 pm: This screening is a Movie Club event with a discussion led by original Broadway cast member Marc Moritz. The discussion will be held at Rosebud Prime, 1 S. Dearborn St.