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Craig Zadan

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Nationality  American
Books  Sondheim & Co
Role  Executive producer
Name  Craig Zadan

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Born  April 15, 1949 (age 66) Miami, Florida, US (1949-04-15)
Occupation  producer, director, writer
Awards  GLAAD Media Vito Russo Award, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominations  Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical
Movies and TV shows  Hairspray, The Sound of Music Live!, The Bucket List, Footloose, A Raisin in the Sun
Similar People  Neil Meron, Seth MacFarlane, Kenny Leon, Dean Pitchford, Rob Ashford

Organizations founded  Storyline Entertainment

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Craig Zadan (born April 15, 1949) is an American executive producer, director, and writer. Zadan has been half of the successful production team Storyline Entertainment along with Neil Meron since their meeting many years ago in the New York theatrical community.


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Early life

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Zadan was born in Miami, Florida. He moved with his family from Florida to New York City when he was 2 years old. He wrote for New York magazine and also contributed articles to publications such as After Dark. He co-produced a Broadway tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, featuring Angela Lansbury and Alexis Smith in 1973. He wrote a book relating the "behind-the-scenes" of the musicals of composer Stephen Sondheim titled "Sondheim & Co." published in 1974, which has been updated with a subsequent edition and revisions until 1990. Meron invited Zadan to speak at a lecture series at Brooklyn College, and they became professional partners upon Meron's 1976 graduation. They worked for Joseph Papp at the Public Theater before going to California in the early 1980s to work for Peter Guber. He is openly gay.

Storyline Entertainment

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Storyline Entertainment has had success with film musicals, such as Chicago (2003) and Hairspray. Andrea McArdle, who originated the title role in Annie on stage, featured prominently in Zadan's televised version. Chita Rivera appears in Chicago as "Nickie";she played "Velma Kelly" in the original 1975 production.

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The film adaptation of Hairspray featured John Waters (writer/director) as "the flasher who lives next door;" Jerry Stiller ("Wilbur Turnblad") as "Mr. Pinky;" and Ricki Lake ("Tracy") as a reporter. On the soundtrack, Lake joins Nikki Blonsky and Marissa Jaret Winokur ("Tracy" from the Broadway production) to sing "Mama I'm a Big Girl Now" over the closing credits, and Harvey Fierstein (Broadway's "Edna") can be heard briefly soon after. Mink Stole ("Tammy" in the original film) appears as the smoking woman on the street whom Waters flashes, and is also seen in the musical number, "Welcome to the 60s". Corey Reynolds ("Seaweed" in the Broadway production) appears on the soundtrack as singer of "Trouble on the Line."

Later career

He and Neil Meron produced the 85th Academy Awards. He and Meron are also in talks to do an adaption of the Broadway musical Pippin.


  • Footloose (1984) (producer)
  • Sing (1989) (producer)
  • If Looks Could Kill (1991) (producer)
  • Gypsy (1993) (executive producer)
  • Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995) (executive producer)
  • Twists of Terror (1997) (TV) (executive producer)
  • Cinderella (1997) (executive producer)
  • Annie (1999) (executive producer)
  • Double Platinum (1999) (executive producer)
  • Brian's Song (2001) (executive producer)
  • Chicago (2002) (executive producer)
  • The Music Man (2003) (executive producer)
  • 16th GLAAD Media Awards (2005) (executive producer)
  • Wedding Wars (2006) (producer)
  • Filthy Gorgeous: The Trannyshack Story (2006) (producer)
  • The Banshee and Fin Magee (2007) (producer)
  • Hairspray (2007) (producer)
  • Living Proof (2008) (executive producer)
  • Family Man (2008) (executive producer)
  • A Raisin in the Sun (2008) (producer)
  • The Bucket List (2008) (producer)
  • The Mayor of Castro Street (2009) (producer; about life around Castro Street)
  • Fahrenheit 451 (2009) (producer)
  • Smash (2012) (executive producer)
  • Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive (2013) (producer)
  • The Sound of Music Live! (2013) (TV)
  • Peter Pan Live! (2014) (TV)
  • The Wiz Live! (2015) (TV)
  • Hairspray Live! (2016) (TV)
  • Bye Bye Birdie Live! (2017) (TV)
  • Awards and nominations

    In 2008, Zadan and Meron were awarded the "Career Achievement Award" by the Casting Society of America. He has been nominated for the Emmy Award eight times, along with his co-executive producer Meron (and the respective producers).


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