Atlas Media announced that three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters will host a Q&A with director Lonny Price at the November 18 screening of Price's new documentary, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, the behind-the-scenes look into the “then” and “now” of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Merrily We Roll Along.
Sondheim favorite Peters will host the Q&A directly following the 7:30 PM screening at IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue). Only ticket holders to the film will be admitted for the Q&A.
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, according to press notes, is “the must-see chronicle of Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince’s much ballyhooed reverse chronology musical Merrily We Roll Along which closed after just 16 performances in 1981 but gradually assumed legend status. This alternately heartbreaking and euphoric film focuses on the original cast members, then and now, and the special place this experience holds in their memories.”
Merrily played the Alvin (now the Neil Simon) Theatre. The film's title is drawn from a lyric in the show: “The best thing that ever could've happened.” Despite the musical’s short run, the cast album is treasured by fans, and several songs have approached standard status, including ”Old Friends,” “Not a Day Goes By,” and “Good Thing Going.” Price, who has transitioned from acting into directing, has been working on the film for at least five years.
Peters was last on Broadway in the revivals of Follies (2011) and A Little Night Music (2009). She received a 2003 Tony Award nomination for her performance as Rose in the Sam Mendes-directed revival of Gypsy. Peters won her two Tonys for her performances in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song & Dance and Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, and she has also starred on Broadway in Mack & Mabel, On the Town, Sunday in the Park with George, The Goodbye Girl, and the original production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Read more about Bernadette Peters' career in the Playbill Vault.
Tickets for the screening can be purchased by clicking here.
Check out photos of Stephen Sondheim reuniting with the original Merrily cast below: