BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are two of the most renowned producers working in the industry today. They are best known for their work on the past three Academy Awards ceremonies, The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live! and Smash. Their Broadway credits include Promises, Promises and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Film credits include Hairspray, Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun and Footloose. Upcoming projects include The Wiz Live!, the movie adaptation of Pippin and much more.

The pair chatted with Richard Ridge for an Exclusive Interview, available here and also shared photos from their personal collection and amazing careers. Check these special photos out below!

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Angela Lansbury (SWEENEY TODD) hosts a book signing party for Craig Zadan's SONDHEIM & CO. In attendance were Alexis Smith (FOLLIES) and Glynis Johns (A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC).

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Neil Meron looks on as Craig Zadan directs Joseph Papp in his singing debut at the Ballroom.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures

First casting session for GYPSY (Bette Midler version) -- Standing, L to R - Bonnie Bruckheimer, Bonnie Walker, Craig Zadan, Cindy Gilmore. Seated, L to R -- Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, Neil Meron, Arthur Laurents, Emile Ardolino.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Neil Meron, Emile Ardolino, Craig Zadan, Bonnie Bruckheimer, Bette Midler, Cindy Gilmore

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in PicturesCINDERELLA: Neil Meron, Brandy (as Cinderella) & Craig Zadan

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
CINDERELLA's executive producers: Craig Zadan, Whitney Houston, Debra Martin Chase & Neil Meron

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Brandy as Cinderella in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Neil Meron, Natalie Desselle Reid, Debra Martin Chase, Bernadette Peters, Veanne Cox, Craig Zadan

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
The Hollywood Premiere of CINDERELLA: Brandy, Whitney Houston, Neil Meron, Debra Martin Chase, & Craig Zadan

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, and the cast of ANNIE: Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming,
Kathy Bates, Alicia Morton, Victor Garber, Audra McDonald

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Judy Davis rehearses a musical sequence for LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
The cast and producers of CHICAGO: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Neil Meron, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere & Craig Zadan

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
THE MUSIC MAN: Neil Meron, Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Broderick & Craig Zadan

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Shooting two movies simultaneously in Toronto meant Craig Zadan & Neil Meron could spend time with both casts, like Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Broderick from THE MUSIC MAN and Sean Hayes from MARTIN AND LEWIS (where he played Jerry Lewis).

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
TV's A RAISIN IN THE SUN: Craig Zadan, Audra McDonald, Sean Combs, Neil Meron, Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan, Justin Martin
BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Window display of SONDHEIM & CO, written by Craig Zadan.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
CHICAGO producers Craig Zadan & Neil Meron with screenwriter Bill Condon and director/choreographer Rob Marshall.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
On set for HAIRSPRAY: Craig Zadan, Nikki Blonsky & Neil Meron

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
HAIRSPRAY: Zac Efron, Craig Zadan & Neil Meron

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
HAIRSPRAY: Craig Zadan, John Travolta & Neil Meron

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
HAIRSPRAY: Neil Meron, Amanda Bynes, Zac Efron & Craig Zadan

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
HAIRSPRAY: Craig Zadan, Zac Efron, Neil Meron & James Marsden

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
HAIRSPRAY: Craig Zadan, Queen Latifah & Neil Meron

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Los Angeles premiere of HAIRSPRAY: Craig Zadan, David E. Kelley, Michelle Pfeiffer & Neil Meron

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
HAIRSPRAY: Neil Meron, Christopher Walken, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Craig Zadan, Nikki Blonsky & Queen Latifah

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Craig Zadan, John Waters & Neil Meron in Baltimore -- actually, Toronto posing as Baltimore -- for HAIRSPRAY.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Ad for HAIRSPRAY as it reaches another milestone.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Ad supporting John Travolta's Golden Globe campaign for HAIRSPRAY.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
PROMISES, PROMISES: Craig Zadan, Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth, Rob Ashford & Neil Meron

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Producers Craig Zadan & Neil Meron with the stars of their Broadway musicals, PROMISES, PROMISES' Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes, and HOW TO SUCCEED's Daniel Radcliffe.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
HOW TO SUCCEED's narrator, Anderson Cooper, sees the show for the first time and visits backstage with Neil Meron, Daniel Radcliffe & Craig Zadan.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
HOW TO SUCCEED REHEARSAL: Neil Meron, Darren Criss, Craig Zadan & Rob Ashford

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
HOW TO SUCCEED REHEARSAL: Craig Zadan, Nick Jonas & Neil Meron

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Daniel Radcliffe presents Craig Zadan & Neil Meron with an award at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Times Square subway ad for SMASH.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
SMASH NY Premiere party: Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Anjelica Huston, Christian Borle, Debra Messing, Neil Meron & Craig Zadan

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Hugh Jackman rehearses the 85th Oscars LES MISERABLES segment with Neil Meron & Craig Zadan.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
On the set of A RAISIN IN THE SUN: director Kenny Leon with Craig Zadan & Neil Meron.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures

Oscars Governors Award winner Angela Lansbury with Neil Meron & Craig Zadan.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Producers Neil Meron & Craig Zadan welcome the audience at the Dolby Theatre, ten minutes before the Oscar broadcast.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Neil Meron & Craig Zadan give a last-minute reminder to Oscar nominees about acceptance speech time limits.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Backstage at the 86th Oscars live telecast: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron watch the show on the monitors while communicating with their team in the production truck.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE: Neil Meron & Craig Zadan with their Maria, Carrie Underwood.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
At THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE after-party: Stephen Moyer, Audra McDonald, Rob Ashford, Bob Greenblatt, Neil Meron, Craig Zadan, Carrie Underwood, Laura Benanti

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Neil Meron, Craig Zadan and PETER PAN LIVE's Allison Williams

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron with 85th Oscars host Seth MacFarlane

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron with 86th Oscars host Ellen Degeneres

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron with 87th Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron walk the red carpet prior to the 85th Oscars telecast.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Neil Meron & Craig Zadan backstage at the 85th Oscars.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron backstage at the Oscars, rehearsing with Best Picture Presenter Jack Nicholson.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
P!nk celebrates the 75th Anniversary of THE WIZARD OF OZ.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
P!nk sings "Over the Rainbow" as a tribute to THE WIZARD OF OZ.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures

Photographers capture Craig Zadan & Neil Meron with Dame Shirley Bassey as she rehearses "Goldfinger."
BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Craig Zadan, Pharrell & Neil Meron at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Inside the Dolby Theatre, Neil Meron & Craig Zadan attend Oscar rehearsals with Jamie Foxx and Brad Pitt.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Craig Zadan, Daniel Radcliffe & Neil Meron outside the Governors Ball, post-Oscars telecast.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Oscar night at the Dolby Theatre: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron with production designer Derek McLane and stager/choreographer Rob Ashford.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Backstage during the 86th Oscars telecast: John Travolta, Neil Meron, Idina Menzel & Craig Zadan

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Neil Meron & Craig Zadan backstage during the Oscars telecast.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Music rehearsal: Craig Zadan, Lady Gaga, music director Stephen Oremus & Neil Meron

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
SOUND OF MUSIC tribute onstage rehearsal: Neil Meron, Lady Gaga & Craig Zadan

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Oprah, Craig Zadan & Neil Meron discuss musical staging of SELMA's nominated song, "Glory."

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, post-86th Oscars telecast at the Governors Ball.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Oscar rehearsal with Sidney Poitier, Neil Meron & Craig Zadan.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Co-presenters Angelina Jolie & Sidney Poitier with Craig Zadan & Neil Meron.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Neil Meron & Craig Zadan at a private rehearsal for Julie Andrews' special Oscars appearance.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Lady Gaga performs a SOUND OF MUSIC medley celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the acclaimed motion picture.

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
Julie Andrews surprises the audience with an unannounced appearance at the conclusion of Lady Gaga's SOUND OF MUSIC tribute.
BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
First card, end credits -- 86th Oscars.

For more news and behind-the-scenes photos, follow Craig Zadan on Twitter at @craigzadan and Instagram (craigzadan) and Neil Meron on Twitter at @neilmeron and Instagram (neilmeron).


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