Brian Usifer is a New York City based music director, pianist, orchestrator/arranger,
producer and composer. Most recently, he was the Music Director of Disney’s Frozen on
Broadway. He is also currently the Associate Music Supervisor of The Book of Mormon
on Broadway and on tour. Prior to that he was the Music Director of Kinky Boots on
Broadway, which won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best
Orchestrations. The cast recording won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical
Theatre Album and the West End production won an Olivier Award for Best Musical. He
was the Associate Music Supervisor as well for Kinky Boots on Tour, London and in
Toronto. Brian has played in the Broadway and off-Broadway orchestras of …Spelling
Bee, Avenue Q, Altar Boyz and The Book of Mormon. Other theatre credits also include
Chess at the Kennedy Center and more than 5 years of regional theatre including Follies
at Barrington Stage Co. Concerts include Bobby and Kristen Lopez: American Songbook
at Lincoln Center and Clay Aiken “Tried and True DVD,” for PBS.
As an orchestrator, Brian’s projects have included The Heart of Rock and Roll featuring
the catalog of Huey Lewis, Swept Away with music by the Avett Brothers, Mr. Chickee’s
Funny Money with music by Motown legend Lamont Dozier, Into the Wild by Niko
Tsakalakos and Janet Allard, A View From The River by Will Van Dyke and Jeff Talbott,
Fantasy Football: the Musical?, by David Ingber, Pool Boy by Niko Tsakalakos and
Janet Allard, The UnCivil War by Rick Kunzi, Barnstormer by Douglas Cohen and The
First Snow by Niko Tsakalakos. Additional shows in development include Galileo
featuring music by Michael Weiner and Zoe Sarnak with a book by Danny Strong as well
as A Beautiful Noise featuring the catalog of Neil Diamond.
On TV, wrote additional orchestrations for NBC’s The Wiz Live and can be heard as a
pianist on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon.
As a composer, Brian’s latest project is a songwriting collaboration with Colin Donnell
called The Nineteen Twenty. Their first EP, Chaos + Cocktails, is available for sale on
iTunes and everywhere music streams.
He holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from SUNY Fredonia and a Masters
degree in Collaborative Piano from NYU and a Specialist Certificate in Orchestration
from Berklee Online.