A documentary about Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical Merrily We Roll Along has been acquired by distributor Abramorama ahead of its world premiere at the New York Film Festival.
Produced by Atlas Media, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened was directed by original Merrily cast member Lonny Price. The doc was produced in association with Allright Productions, with Bruce David Klein, Price, Kitt Lavoie and Ted Schillinger serving as producers. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush exec produced.
Merrily We Roll Along opened on Broadway in 1981 and flopped after 16 performances, but later assumed legend status. The film features never-before-seen footage and interviews with Sondheim, Harold Prince, and original cast members including Jason Alexander, Tonya Pinkins, Jim Walton and Ann Morrison.
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened will screen during NYFF on Oct. 9 with Sondheim and Price in attendance. It will then roll out theatrically on Nov. 18 in New York and on Nov. 25 in Los Angeles.
Abramorama recently distributed Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, which opened in cinemas on Sept. 16.