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Craig Zadan

 
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Motion Picture, 2016]
Executive Producer
 
[New York, 2015]
Executive Producers
 
[Motion Picture, 2013]
Executive Producer
 
[Broadway, 2011]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2010]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1979]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1979]
Assistant Director
 
[Broadway, 1973]
Producer

Writing

Conceiver

Photos

Spencer Liff, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.attending the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Photo

Spencer Liff, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.attending the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City.

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Date:
08/24/2018
Craig Zadan, Sean Hayes & Neil Meron
attending the After Party for the Opening Night  Photo

Craig Zadan, Sean Hayes & Neil Meron attending the After Party for the Opening Night Broadway performance for "PROMISES, PROMISES" at the Plaza Hotel, New York City. April 25, 2010

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Date:
08/24/2018
Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Megan Hilty, Savannah Wise. Mic Photo

Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Megan Hilty, Savannah Wise. Michael Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Theresa Rebeck, Jack Davenport & Raza Jaffrey.attending the after screening reception for the Broadway Community Screening of 'SMASH' at The

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Date:
08/24/2018
Craig Zadan, Michael Urie, Rob Ashford, Nick Jonas & Neil Meron.attending the after p Photo

Craig Zadan, Michael Urie, Rob Ashford, Nick Jonas & Neil Meron.attending the after party celebrating Nick Jonas & Michael Urie joining Beau Bridges in 'How To Succeed in Business...' at the Glass House Tavern in New York City on 1/24/2012

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Date:
08/24/2018
Craig Zadan attending the after screening reception for the Broadway Community Screen Photo

Craig Zadan attending the after screening reception for the Broadway Community Screening of 'SMASH' at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, 12/12/2011

From: 
Date:
08/24/2018

 

Stage

Productions

[Motion Picture, 2016]
Executive Producer

[New York, 2015]
Executive Producers

[Motion Picture, 2013]
Executive Producer

[Broadway, 2011]
Producer

[Broadway, 2010]
Producer

[Broadway, 1979]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1979]
Assistant Director

[Broadway, 1973]
Producer

Writing
Conceiver

Craig Zadan Biography

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. The two have accrued an astounding 148 Emmy nominations, including honors for their television films Gypsy starring Bette Midler, Cinderella starring Whitney Houston and Brandy, Annie starring Kathy Bates, The Music Man starring Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Broderick, a television remake of Steel Magnolias and the Golden Globe-nominated TV series SMASH. Throughout their storied career, Zadan and Meron have earned a total of 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.

Craig Zadan Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Revival of a Musical
Craig Zadan, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Craig Zadan News

YENTL, HAIRSPRAY LIVE! & More is Coming to BroadwayHD for Women's History Month Photo YENTL, HAIRSPRAY LIVE! & More is Coming to BroadwayHD for Women's History Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 28, 2022

 In honor of Women’s History Month, BroadwayHD is celebrating some of Broadway’s iconic female characters with new titles coming to the platform including Yentl from Yentl, Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Tracy from Hairspray Live!.

BWW Exclusive: A History of ANNIE on Broadway and Beyond Photo BWW Exclusive: A History of ANNIE on Broadway and Beyond
by Jeffrey Kare - Dec 2, 2021

Tonight, NBC will air its sixth live musical production. Following in the footsteps of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, Hairspray, and Jesus Christ Superstar, the peacock network will be presenting Annie. Based on Harold Gray's comic strip titled Little Orphan Annie, this musical tells the story of a little orphan with equal measures of pluck and positivity who charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in New York City in the year 1933.

BWW Exclusive: This Year's KRISTI Awards Were Smooth Sailing for Kristin Chenoweth an Photo BWW Exclusive: This Year's KRISTI Awards Were Smooth Sailing for Kristin Chenoweth and KCBBC
by BWW Features - Jun 15, 2021

“WE DID IT!” could be heard all the way from Broken Arrow, OK Sunday night. And the person yelling it the loudest was Kristin Chenoweth. Read on to learn all about the 2021 Kristi Awards with Kristin Chenoweth and friends!

Neil Meron to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Tonight's KRISTI Awards Photo Neil Meron to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Tonight's KRISTI Awards
by Stephi Wild - Jun 13, 2021

Chenoweth will host the show live from the stage at the Kristin Chenoweth Theatre, in the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, and Camp Co- Directors Richard Jay-Alexander and John McDaniel will be on tap with a mighty assist. There are musical numbers, live and pre-taped, and plenty of showcasing and KRISTI Awards to go around among these talented young kids.

UN DĂŤA COMO HOY: nacĂ­a Marilyn Monroe Photo UN DĂŤA COMO HOY: nacĂ­a Marilyn Monroe
by Nuria Pedret - Jun 1, 2021

Con motivo del aniversario de la actriz, hacemos un breve repaso de su biografĂ­a y recordamos dos musicales inspirados en Ă©sta

Neil Meron and Stephen Schwartz Appointed to the ETF Honorary Board Photo Neil Meron and Stephen Schwartz Appointed to the ETF Honorary Board
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 10, 2021

The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) announced new board member appointees. Neil Meron and Stephen Schwartz have been appointed to the ETF Honorary Board, and Sarah Jane  Arnegger, Tim Kashani and Craig Pospisil to the ETF National Board of Trustees.

VIDEO: Brandy Recreates Viral TikTok Challenge to Celebrate CINDERELLA on Disney+ Photo VIDEO: Brandy Recreates Viral TikTok Challenge to Celebrate CINDERELLA on Disney+
by Stephi Wild - Feb 14, 2021

Putting her own spin on a viral TikTok challenge, Brandy began her video with no makeup and casual clothing, waving a makeup brush until she makes a transformation into Cinderella - complete with her gown, tiara, and blue eyeshadow. All the whine, Disney's 'Where Did I Put That Thing/ Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo' plays in the background.

Photo Flash: CINDERELLA, Starring Brandy, Whitney Houston, Bernadette Peters, & More, Photo Photo Flash: CINDERELLA, Starring Brandy, Whitney Houston, Bernadette Peters, & More, Comes to Disney Plus
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Feb 12, 2021

Originally premiering on November 2, 1997 to sixty million viewers during “The Wonderful World of Disney” on ABC, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” became an instant fan favorite, beloved by critics and audiences alike and earning 7 Emmy Award nominations.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is Now Streaming on Disney Plus Photo Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is Now Streaming on Disney Plus
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Feb 12, 2021

When and where can you find Cinderella starring Brandy and Whitney Houston streaming? We have your answer here!

Educational Theatre Foundation Raises Record Setting Donations from Theatre Alive! Ga Photo Educational Theatre Foundation Raises Record Setting Donations from Theatre Alive! Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 9, 2021

More than 4,000 theatre supporters tuned in to watch as the Educational Theatre Foundation’s Theatre Alive! gala honored award-winning director, producer & actor Kenny Leon with the second annual Craig Zadan Theatre for Life Award, and Chairman and CEO Robert E. Wankel accepted the annual Standing Ovation Award on behalf of The Shubert Foundation.

Craig Zadan Videos

BWW Exclusive: Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson & More Tribute Bernadette Peters at THES VideoBWW Exclusive: Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson & More Tribute Bernadette Peters at THESPIANS GO HOLLYWOOD Gala
by Stage Tube - Nov 21, 2019

Broadway legend Bernadette Peters was honored with the Craig Zadan Theatre for Life Award by the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) at the annual star-studded Thespians Go Hollywood Gala held on Monday, November 18, at The Avalon in Hollywood, California. Over 300 people were on hand to help raise more than $180,000 that will support ETF's national theatre education programs for schools in need.

BWW TV: Kristin Chenoweth Tributes Craig Zadan with a Touching Tune VideoBWW TV: Kristin Chenoweth Tributes Craig Zadan with a Touching Tune
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 12, 2018

The late, legendary producer Craig Zadan, and his producing partner, Neil Meron, were honored last night as the inaugural recipients of the Theatre for Life Award by the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) for the imaginative transformation of live theatre in film, television, and associated media. Click here for photos from the special night.

VIDEO: Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Cast of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE Chat the Succe VideoVIDEO: Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Cast of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE Chat the Success of the Event on TODAY
by Macon Prickett - Jun 19, 2018

TODAY's Hoda Kotb sat down with John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Brandon Victor Dixon and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to talk about their live performance of "Jesus Christ Supertar Live in Concert," which attracted more than 10 million viewers. Webber says he's "never been so proud of 'Superstar' in his life," which Legend calls "the best compliment we could get' on TODAY. Watch the clip below!

VIDEO: Diane Paulus Remembers HAIR on CBS Sunday Morning VideoVIDEO: Diane Paulus Remembers HAIR on CBS Sunday Morning
by Stage Tube - May 27, 2018

Broadway had never seen anything like it: An anti-war rock musical featuring nudity, profanity and drugs. 'Hair,' premiering on stage in 1968, was a reflection of the turbulent times. Diane Paulus, who fell in love with the show's music at age eight, and would grow up to direct a Tony-winning Broadway revival of 'Hair' in 2009, talked with CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Susan Spencer about the importance of the show in musical theater history.

VIDEO: Watch Sara Bareilles Perform I DON'T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM from JESUS CHRIST SU VideoVIDEO: Watch Sara Bareilles Perform I DON'T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM from JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE's Emmy Campaign Event
by Macon Prickett - May 22, 2018

Sara Bareilles and Andrew Lloyd Webber team up for an intimate performance of 'I Don't Know How to Love Him' from NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

33 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE Gifs To Resurrect Your Social Media Game Video33 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE Gifs To Resurrect Your Social Media Game
by Alan Henry - Apr 2, 2018

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert aired last night, April 1, on NBC! We know following any live musical broadcast we love to relive our favorite moments, so we've got you covered!

VIDEO: Watch the Full Broadcast of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE VideoVIDEO: Watch the Full Broadcast of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE
by Stage Tube - Apr 2, 2018

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert aired last night, April 1, on NBC and you can now stream the full show! Check out the video below to relive the magic!

VIDEO: Watch a Young Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jesus in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR VideoVIDEO: Watch a Young Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jesus in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by Stage Tube - Apr 1, 2018

In honor of tonight's broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live, Lin-Manuel Miranda shared a video of himself as Jesus when he was in college at Wesleyan University and the video is a must-see! Check it out below!

VIDEO: John Legend Gives the Students of Drama Club NYC a Behind the Scenes Look at J VideoVIDEO: John Legend Gives the Students of Drama Club NYC a Behind the Scenes Look at JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE!
by Stage Tube - Mar 30, 2018

As preparation for the upcoming broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live! this weeked, John Legend and Let's Free America have teamed up with Drama Club NYC to bring its members along on a behind the scenes visit to the musical. Check out video of the visit below, featuring Legend, Drama Club NYC organizer Susan Kelechi Watson and the students of this fabulous program below!

VIDEO: John Legend Shares the Buzz in Live Sneak Peek from JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Reh VideoVIDEO: John Legend Shares the Buzz in Live Sneak Peek from JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Rehearsal!
by Stage Tube - Mar 28, 2018

What's the buzz on the Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert set? John Legend has the scoop! Watch below as he gives fans a live sneak peek of 'What's the Buzz?'


Craig Zadan Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Craig Zadan written?
Craig Zadan has written 1 shows including Peter Allen: Up in One (Conceiver).

What awards has Craig Zadan been nominated for?
Best Revival of a Musical (Tony Awards) for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying .