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Stage and Screen Stars Honor Craig Zadan on Social Media

Stage and Screen Stars Honor Craig Zadan on Social Media

Award-winning theatre, television, and film producer Craig Zadan passed away yesterday, August 21. According to a statement made by frequent Zadan collaborator, NBC Chairman, Bob Greenblatt, Zadan died from complications stemming from a recent shoulder replacement surgery.

Along with his producing partner, Neil Meron, Zadan's extensive career included works on the big and small screens, as well as the stage. Most notably, the team has produced NBC's annual live musicals including, The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live!, The Wiz Live!, Hairspray Live! and Jesus Christ Superstar Live!

Their motion picture credits include, the movie musical Hairspray, Footloose and the Oscar-winning Best Picture, Chicago.

Read Zadan's full obituary here.

Take a look back on the career of Zadan and Meron through photos here.

Andrew Lloyd Webber released a statement regarding the passing of his friend: "I first met Craig in 1977 and we formed a great friendship at the time which I was hugely glad to resume over his fantastic production of Jesus Christ Superstar for NBC. Craig, Neil Meron, and I were planning other projects and I have lost a friend and valued colleague. Music will be the poorer without him."

Celebrities of stage and screen have taken to social media to pay tribute to Zadan. Read a selection of the posts below.

Rest In Peace Craig Zadan. I feel honoured to have worked with you. Your creative and artistic spirit will be missed....

A post shared by David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) on Aug 21, 2018 at 6:53pm PDT

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