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Documentary 'Best Worst Thing ...' chronicles the rare Stephen Sondheim flop

Documentary 'Best Worst Thing ...' chronicles the rare Stephen Sondheim flop

The superb documentary “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened,” directed by Lonny Price, covers a rich swath of emotional and creative ground as it tracks the unexpected failure of theater gods Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince’s hugely anticipated 1981 Broadway collaboration “Merrily We Roll Along.”

The troubled show about youthful dreams and adult realities, told in perhaps ill-conceived reverse chronology, was based on the 1934 play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and featured lyrics and music by Sondheim, a book by George Furth and direction by Prince.

Although “Merrily” closed after 16 performances, over the years it...

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