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Doug Besterman

Also Credited As: Douglas Besterman
 
Bio:
DOUG BESTERMAN is a three-time Tony Award winning musician with a career spanning across theatre, film, television and recording. As a Composer, Producer, Arranger, and Orchestrator, he has been privileged to work with some of the most recognizable names in the industry, including composers Mel ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: February 03

Bio:
DOUG BESTERMAN is a three-time Tony Award winning musician with a career spanning across theatre, film, television and recording. As a Composer, Producer, Arranger, and Orchestrator, he has been privileged to work with some of the most recognizable names in the industry, including composers Mel ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[US Tour, 2021] [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]
 
[Regional (US), 2019]
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 2018] [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]
 
[US Tour, 2018] Cancelled [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]
 
[US Tour, 2018] [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]
 
[Milburn, NJ (Regional), 2018]
Orchestrator
 
[Milburn, NJ (Regional), 2017]
Orchestrations
 
[West End, 2017] [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]
 
[Broadway, 2017]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2017]
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[Broadway, 2016]
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[Regional (US), 2016]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2015] [Replacement]
Orchestrator[Replacement]
 
[Broadway, 2014]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2014]
Orchestrations
 
[West End, 2013]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2013]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2013]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2012]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2012]
Movement Director
 
[Broadway, 2012]
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 2012]
Orchestrations
 
[Off-Broadway, 2012]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2011]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2011]
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[Broadway, 2011]
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[Broadway, 2011]
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[Broadway, 2010]
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[West End, 2009]
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[Houston, TX (Regional), 2008]
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[Broadway, 2007]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2005]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2004]
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[Broadway, 2002]
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[Broadway, 2001]
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[Broadway, 2000]
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[Broadway, 2000]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Orchestrator

Writing

Music

Photos

"Swelling & Irritation" Composers Doug Besterman and Sharon Vaughn Photo

"Swelling & Irritation" Composers Doug Besterman and Sharon Vaughn

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Date:
05/17/2021
Doug Besterman & Marcy Heisler Photo

Doug Besterman & Marcy Heisler

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Date:
05/08/2019
Doug Besterman (Supervisor Musical) Photo

Doug Besterman (Supervisor Musical)

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Date:
08/29/2018


Doug Besterman (Tony-award Winning Orchestrator, Fosse, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie) wife Johanna, Julie and Gregory Jbara

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Date:
06/28/2005

 

Stage

Productions

[US Tour, 2021] [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]

[Regional (US), 2019]
Orchestrator

[US Tour, 2018] [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]

[US Tour, 2018] Cancelled [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]

[US Tour, 2018] [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]

[Milburn, NJ (Regional), 2018]
Orchestrator

[Milburn, NJ (Regional), 2017]
Orchestrations

[West End, 2017] [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]

[Broadway, 2017]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2017]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2016]
Orchestrator

[Regional (US), 2016]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2015] [Replacement]
Orchestrator[Replacement]

[Broadway, 2014]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2014]
Orchestrations

[West End, 2013]
Orchestrator

[Off-Broadway, 2013]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 2013]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2012]
Orchestrator

[Off-Broadway, 2012]
Movement Director

[Broadway, 2012]
Orchestrator

[US Tour, 2012]
Orchestrations

[Off-Broadway, 2012]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2011]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2011]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2011]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2011]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2010]
Orchestrator

[West End, 2009]
Orchestrator

[Houston, TX (Regional), 2008]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2007]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2006]
Orchestrator

[West End, 2005]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2004]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2002]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2001]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2000]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2000]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1997]
Orchestrator

Writing
Music

Doug Besterman Biography

DOUG BESTERMAN is a three-time Tony Award winning musician with a career spanning across theatre, film, television and recording. As a Composer, Producer, Arranger, and Orchestrator, he has been privileged to work with some of the most recognizable names in the industry, including composers Mel Brooks, Alan Menken, and Marc Shaiman; recording artists Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow; and directors Rob Marshall and Susan Stroman.

A veteran of 25+ Broadway shows, Besterman won the Best Orchestrations Tony Award¬ģ for Fosse, The Producers, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and was nominated for The Music Man (2000), How to Succeed in Business, and Bullets over Broadway. He was also awarded the Drama Desk Award for The Producers and Thoroughly Modern Millie. His most recent Broadway credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Bronx Tale, and Anastasia.

Besterman has also written orchestrations for 20+ film and television projects; including recent film work on Mary Poppins Returns, Aladdin (2019), Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Frozen; and American Housewife, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Galavant for television.

As a composer, Besterman penned the scores for the podcast musical Little Did I Know (with lyricists Dean Pitchford and Marcy Heisler), currently available for download on Apple Podcasts; The Big One-Oh (with lyricist Dean Pitchford), which recently premiered at The Atlantic For Kids in NYC, and is available for licensing through Music Theater International (MTI); and the vignette ‚ÄúSwelling and Irritation‚ÄĚ (with lyricist Sharon Vaughn) from the musical Breathe, also to be licensed by MTI - concept album to be released by Sony. His music has also been recorded by singer Christian Bautista, heard in the films The Punisher, Out of Step and Exit Speed, television shows Summerland and One Life To Live, in concert with the United States Military Academy Concert Band, and in the musical revue Hats.

He is a proud father, husband, and sommelier. When not in New York or Los Angeles working, Doug is an avid traveler. Follow his latest adventures at @DougBesterman.

Doug Besterman Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, Anastasia
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, Anastasia
 
Tony Awards - 2014 - Best Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical
 
Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, Young Frankenstein
 
Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Orchestrations Gold Star
Doug Besterman, Thoroughly Modern Millie
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Orchestrations Gold Star
Doug Besterman, The Producers
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Orchestrations Gold Star
Doug Besterman, The Producers
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Orchestrations Gold Star
Doug Besterman, The Music Man
 
Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, The Music Man

Doug Besterman News

Veronica Stern, Willem Butler & More to Lead ANASTASIA North American Tour 2022-2023  Photo Veronica Stern, Willem Butler & More to Lead ANASTASIA North American Tour 2022-2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 2, 2022

Casting has been announced for the next season of the North American tour of the Broadway production of ANASTASIA. This company will begin performances August 23, 2022, during the second week of a two-week engagement at the Citizens Bank Opera House in Boston, MA. Veronica Stern will lead the cast as Anya.

The National Broadway Tour Of ANASTASIA Makes Its Starlight Premiere, August 9- 14 Photo The National Broadway Tour Of ANASTASIA Makes Its Starlight Premiere, August 9- 14
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 18, 2022

Starlight presents Anastasia at Starlight Theatre for one week only, August 9-14.

Full Cast Announced For CRAZY FOR YOU at Chichester Festival Theatre, Starring Charli Photo Full Cast Announced For CRAZY FOR YOU at Chichester Festival Theatre, Starring Charlie Stemp
by Stephi Wild - May 31, 2022

Charlie Stemp and Carly Anderson will lead the cast of Susan Stroman‚Äôs new production of the musical comedy CRAZY FOR YOU‚ĄĘ, with music & lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and book by Ken Ludwig, running at Chichester Festival Theatre from 11 July ‚Äď 4 September.¬†

ANASTASIA is Coming to South Bend This June Photo ANASTASIA is Coming to South Bend This June
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 10, 2022

The American Theatre Guild will¬†present the South Bend engagement of the new Broadway musical ANASTASIA. This production is part of the BROADWAY IS BACK IN SOUTH BEND SERIES and will take the Morris Performing Arts Center stage June 24‚Äď26, 2022.

VIDEO: Watch Broadway's Best Unite for 'You Are Enough' Music Video Photo VIDEO: Watch Broadway's Best Unite for 'You Are Enough' Music Video
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 10, 2022

Creators Aron Accurso and Rachel Griffin Accurso, along with director Angelo Soriano and producer Laura Kriete Bain today released a world premiere music video for their original song, 'You Are Enough,' in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month and to support Bring Change to Mind.

ANASTASIA Comes To Lubbock in June Photo ANASTASIA Comes To Lubbock in June
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2022

¬†The American Theatre Guild is pleased to present the Lubbock engagement of the new Broadway musical ANASTASIA. This production is part of the BROADWAY IS BACK AT THE BUDDY HOLLY HALL SERIES and will take The Buddy Holly Hall stage June 20‚Äď21, 2022.¬†

State Theatre New Jersey Presents Roald Dahl's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY This Photo State Theatre New Jersey Presents Roald Dahl's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY This Month
by Stephi Wild - May 3, 2022

The newly renovated State Theatre New Jersey presents Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory for four performances on Friday, May 13, 2022, at 8pm; Saturday, May 14 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, May 15 at 2pm. Tickets range from $40-$98.  

Find Out Who Won at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards - All the Winners! Photo Find Out Who Won at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards - All the Winners!
by Michael Major - Apr 21, 2022

The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards featured a tribute to Stephen Sondheim, a win for Barlow and Bear's 'Unofficial Bridgerton Musical,' Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett for their 'Love For Sale' Cole Porter duets album, Olivia Rodrigo, and more. Check out the full list of winners now!

Tickets for the Detroit Engagement of ANASTASIA National Tour Now on Sale Photo Tickets for the Detroit Engagement of ANASTASIA National Tour Now on Sale
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 4, 2022

Broadway In Detroit announced today that tickets for the Fisher Theatre engagement of ANASTASIA, May 3-8, 2022, will go on sale Friday, March 11. Tickets start at $39 and will be available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.

Broadway's ANASTASIA Makes Its Miami Premiere At The Arsht Center, Beginning March 22 Photo Broadway's ANASTASIA Makes Its Miami Premiere At The Arsht Center, Beginning March 22
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 28, 2022

ANASTASIA, the hit new Broadway musical, will make its anticipated Miami premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County from March 22-27, 2022.

Doug Besterman Videos

VIDEO: Watch Broadway's Best Unite for 'You Are Enough' Music Video VideoVIDEO: Watch Broadway's Best Unite for 'You Are Enough' Music Video
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 10, 2022

Creators Aron Accurso and Rachel Griffin Accurso, along with director Angelo Soriano and producer Laura Kriete Bain today released a world premiere music video for their original song, 'You Are Enough,' in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month and to support Bring Change to Mind.

VIDEO: Cinco Paul and Bekah Brunstetter in Conversation On A.D. 16 VideoVIDEO: Cinco Paul and Bekah Brunstetter in Conversation On A.D. 16
by Stage Tube - Feb 11, 2022

Watch as Jason Loewith sits down with creators 'A.D.16.,' Cinco Paul (Lyrics and Music) and Bekah Brunstetter (Book) to talk about the process of creating their new musical.

VIDEO: Creatives of A.D. 16 at Olney Theatre Center Discuss the Show's Themes VideoVIDEO: Creatives of A.D. 16 at Olney Theatre Center Discuss the Show's Themes
by Stephi Wild - Feb 4, 2022

Olney Theatre Center' is now presenting the world premiere of A.D. 16, which runs February 4 - March 6, 2022. The new musical is by writers Cinco Paul (co-creator of Despicable Me and Schmigadoon!) and Bekah Brunstetter (producer and writer on This Is Us).

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Phoenix Best Sings 'Perfect' From A.D. 16 VideoEXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Phoenix Best Sings 'Perfect' From A.D. 16
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 24, 2022

BroadwayWorld has a first listen to 'Perfect' from Olney Theatre Center's world premiere of A.D. 16 (February 4 - March 6, 2022), performed by Phoenix Best. The new musical is by writers Cinco Paul (co-creator of Despicable Me and Schmigadoon!) and Bekah Brunstetter (producer and writer on This Is Us).

VIDEO: American Dance Machine For the 21st Century Performs 'T'aint Nobody's Biz-nes VideoVIDEO: American Dance Machine For the 21st Century Performs 'T'aint Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do' From BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
by Stage Tube - Jul 20, 2021

Performers include Clyde Alves, Phillip A. Attmore, Michael Biren, Jim Borstelmann, Preston Truman Boyd, Lamont Brown, Barry Busby, Joshua Buscher, Andrew Cao, Jake Corcoran, Casey Garvin, Dan Horn, Jess Leprotto, Kevin Ligon, Brian Martin, Paul Mcgill, Bobby Pestka, Jonalyn Saxer, Angelo Soriano, Kevin Worley, Richard Riaz Yoder, and Bradley Allan Zarr.

VIDEO: Watch Nick Cordero 'One of the Great Ones' Memorial Tribute VideoVIDEO: Watch Nick Cordero 'One of the Great Ones' Memorial Tribute
by Robert Diamond - Sep 6, 2020

In honor and celebration of Nick's memory, over 150 of his friends, colleagues, and family from all over the world came together to sing the song that will keep Nick in our hearts forever 'One of the Great Ones' from A Bronx Tale. The resulting video was featured during the streaming of the memorial.

BWW TV: Meet ANASTASIA On Tour's New Anya, Beth Stafford Laird! VideoBWW TV: Meet ANASTASIA On Tour's New Anya, Beth Stafford Laird!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 4, 2020

Meet Anastasia on tour's new Anya, Beth Stafford Laird, who rejoins the national tour of Broadway's Anastasia beginning April 7, 2020.

#TBT: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Opens With Marin Mazzie and more! Video#TBT: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Opens With Marin Mazzie and more!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 11, 2019

Five years ago, Broadway favorites including Zach Braff, Betsy Wolfe, and the late Marin Mazzie opened the musical adaptation of the classic Woody Allen film Bullets Over Broadway! In honor of the occasion, we're looking back at the show's starry opening night! Check out all the footage below!

VIDEO: Watch the Music Video For ANASTASIA's Carols For a Cure Track 'It's Just Like  VideoVIDEO: Watch the Music Video For ANASTASIA's Carols For a Cure Track 'It's Just Like Christmas'
by Stage Tube - Nov 25, 2018

Anastasia recently recorded the song 'It's Just Like Christmas,' featuring Christy Altomare and Zach Adkins. Altomare wrote the track, which will appear on the 2018 edition of the annual Carols for a Cure album. Watch the music video below!

BWW TV: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Tour Cast Talks What Makes This Show So Del VideoBWW TV: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Tour Cast Talks What Makes This Show So Delicious
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 6, 2018

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is gearing up to take the show on the road! Hear what the cast and creatives have to say about what makes this musical so delicious!


Doug Besterman Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Doug Besterman written?
Doug Besterman has written 1 shows including The Big One-Oh! (Music).

What awards has Doug Besterman been nominated for?
Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Anastasia , Outstanding Orchestrations (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Anastasia , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying , Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Young Frankenstein , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Thoroughly Modern Millie , Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for The Producers , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for The Producers Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for The Music Man and Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for The Music Man .

What awards has Doug Besterman won?
Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Thoroughly Modern Millie, Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for The Producers Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for The Producersand Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for The Music Man.