From Footloose to Jesus Christ Superstar Live: Look Through Some of the Stories Craig Zadan Brought to Life in Film and on Stage

Photo Features   From Footloose to Jesus Christ Superstar Live: Look Through Some of the Stories Craig Zadan Brought to Life in Film and on Stage
 
The prolific producer who worked on such musical-driven projects as Smash and NBC's live musicals has died at 69.
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Neil Meron and Craig Zadan Evans Vestal Ward/NBC

Prolific producer Craig Zadan, who along with producing partner Neil Meron was largely responsible for the re-birth of musicals on TV and film in the 1990s and beyond, has died at the age of 69. With a career that includes NBC's recent live musicals and earlier TV adaptations of Gypsy, Cinderella, and Annie, as well as big screen movie musicals such as Chicago and Hairspray, Zadan is synonymous with musicals on film in the modern era.

With Meron, Zadan’s various productions earned six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, 17 Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, a Grammy Award, six GLAAD Awards, four NAACP Image Awards and two Tony Awards.

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