Summary: film producer and showman who helped to engineer a revival of Broadway musicals on TV with live NBC broadcasts of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, Hairspray, and The Wiz, who along with his producing partner Neil Meron were executive producers of the film version of Chicago, which won the Oscar for best picture in 2003 and also staged Broadway revivals of the musicals Promises, Promises (2010) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2011), who produced the TV series Smash about the making of a Broadway musical seen in 2012-2013 on NBC and also produced the Oscar telecasts in 2013-2015, whose productions won six Oscars, 17 Emmys, five Golden Globes, and two Peabody Awards in all, and whose last major show was a live version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Jesus Christ Superstar that was broadcast this year on Easter Sunday starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles when it was staged as a concert (as the composers originally conceived it) before an audience at the Marcy Amory in Brooklyn, New York.
Cause of Death: Complications following shoulder replacement surgery
Born: April 15, 1949
Died: August 21, 2018
Location: Los Angeles, California