Atlas Media’s “Best Worst Thing” gets New York festival debut

Directed by Lonny Price (pictured, left), Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened is the latest theatrical doc from New York's Atlas Media Corp (right: Atlas' Bruce David Klein).
August 24, 2016

Atlas Media’s theatrical doc Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, directed by acclaimed theater director Lonny Price, will see its world premiere at the 54th annual New York Film Festival (NYFF).

The film charts the journey of the original cast of Stephen Sondheim’s 1981 musical Merrily We Roll Along, which opened to much fanfare but shuttered after just 16 performances. Price (pictured, left) co-starred as lyricist Charley Kringas in the play’s original production.

The doc will draw the curtain back on the show’s creation while exploring how each performer’s life has been transformed since. It will feature interviews with Sondheim, play director Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich and the performance’s original cast.

Atlas’s Bruce David Klein (pictured, right) serves as producer on the film.

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened will screen Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. EST in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

This year’s edition of the NYFF runs Sept. 30 to Oct. 16.


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