Doug Besterman


For almost 30 years, Doug Besterman has been active as an arranger, orchestrator, and composer for Broadway theater, film, television and recording. 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 over 25 Broadway shows and over 30 regional and international productions, Besterman won the Tony Award® 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 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 nearly 30 film and television projects; recent credits include the films Mary Poppins Returns, Aladdin (2019), Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Frozen; and for TV American Housewife, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and Galavant.

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; and 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. 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 revue Hats.