Doug Besterman

Orchestrations

A three-time Tony Award winner (six nominations), Doug’s Broadway orchestration credits include: A Bronx Tale, It Shoulda Been You, Bullets Over Broadway (2014 Tony Award nomination), Rocky, On a Clear Day, Sister Act, How To Succeed… (2011 Tony Award nomination), Elf, Young Frankenstein (Drama Desk Award nomination), Tarzan, Dracula, Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony Award / Drama Desk Awards), The Producers (2001 Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Seussical, Music Man (Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations), Fosse (1999 Tony Award), Big (Drama Desk nomination), Damn Yankees (Drama Desk nomination), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; also, additional orchestrations for Aladdin, Annie, Cinderella, and The People In the Picture. Upcoming: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Anastasia.

International: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (London), Rocky (Hamburg), Sister Act (London, Hamburg), Guys and Dolls (London), Der Schuh Des Manitu (Berlin). Off-Broadway: Carrie, Weird Romance, Jack’s Holiday, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller, The Gifts of the Magi, Godspell; also in New York: King David, A Christmas Carol, and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.

Regional credits: Anastasia (Hartford Stage), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), Girlstar (Signature Theater), Roman Holiday (Guthrie Theater), Calvin Berger (George Street Playhouse), Minsky’s (Ahmanson Theater), An American In Paris, Captains Courageous, I Sent A Letter To My Love, Paramour, Lawnchair Man, Jeanne La Pucelle, Opal; also, the ballets Frankie and Johnnie…and Rose, Take FiveMore Or Less, But Not For Me and Double Feature for choreographer Susan Stroman.

Film/television (partial list): Mary Poppins Returns (2017), Beauty and the Beast (2017), Hail, Caesar! (2016), Crazy Ex Girlfriend (2016), Galavant (2015), Peter Pan Live (2014) The Sound Of Music Live (2013), Frozen (2013), Winnie the Pooh (2010), Captain America, Nine, The Producers (also music producer), Chicago, Mulan, Anastasia, Pocahontas, Lincoln, Cinderella, Annie, Geppetto, South Pacific, Superstar, Scrubs, and Smash – also, many awards shows including the Oscars, the Tonys, the Emmys and the Kennedy Center Honors. Doug has also arranged for many vocalists, including Christine Andreas, Toni Braxton, Sutton Foster, Jane Krakowski, Beyonce Knowles, Barry Manilow, Mandy Patinkin, Barbra Streisand and written many arrangements for the Boston Pops Orchestra. !

As a composer, Doug penned the score for the new musical Little Did I Know. His music has also been recorded by singer Christian Bautista, heard in the films The Punisher, Out of Step and Exit Speed, TV shows Summerland and One Life To Live, in concert with the United States Military Academy Concert Band, and in the musical Hats.

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