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robert massimi
6 min readNov 2, 2021



New York, NY (11/1/21) — Jimmy Pants, LLC, in association with Kierstead Productions (Jim Kierstead, Executive Producer) will present two (2) staged readings (by invitation only) of Pants! The Jimmy Pants Musical, a new musical satire, with music and lyrics by Joseph Church and book & lyrics by Jeff Bienstock. Directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino, with music direction by Henry Aronson and Polina Senderova, the readings will be held at Open Jar Studios (1601 Broadway) on Monday, November 8 at 3:30pm and Tuesday, November 9 at 3:30pm.

Pants! The Jimmy Pants Musical is a zany, loving sendup of bio-jukebox musicals that tells the story of our fictitious hero, with an original score spanning pop styles from the 1960s through the 2000s. Clever choreography and lively, catchy songs played by an ever-morphing onstage band add to the hilarity! An homage to the entertainment value and joy jukebox shows bring to audiences. It’s This is Spinal Tap meets The Drowsy Chaperone, with a rocking musical score!

The cast of Pants! The Jimmy Pants Musical features Justin Collette (School of Rock), Jim Conroy (Celebrity Deathmatch, Fetch!), Lorna Courtney (West Side Story, Dear Evan Hansen.), Anthony Festa (Wicked, Finding Neverland), Aaron Arnell Harrington (Little Shop of Horror), Danny Rutigliano (The Lion King), Kirsten Scott (Big Fish, Follies), Lily Thomas (Only Human) and John Wascavage (I Spy a Spy). The stage manager is Hector Flores, Jr. Casting by Stephen D’Angelis.


Joseph Church (Co-Lyricist/Music) is a composer, conductor, arranger, pianist, and professor of music. His career has been eclectic and exciting, collaborating with and guiding some of the entertainment industry’s most re- markable artists and promising talent. He is perhaps best known for his music direction and arrangements for two groundbreaking Broadway musicals, The Lion King (Tony Award, Best Musical; Grammy Award, Best Musical Show Album) and The Who’s Tommy (Grammy Award, Best Musical Show Album). Other Broadway and Off- Broadway credits as music director or conductor include In the Heights, Little Shop of Horrors (original production), Amazing Grace, Sister Act, and Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. Joseph’s work as a composer and lyricist spans multiple genres from popular songwriting to musical theatre to serious music. His musicals include An Evening with Joan Crawford (1981, Orpheum Theatre, NYC), The Thief (2008, El Portal Theatre, Los Angeles), and his most recent effort, Pants! The Jimmy Pants Musical, to be produced in 2022. His oratorio, The Tortoise and the Two Ducks, co-written with legendary librettist Sheldon Harnick, received an American Prize for Composition Award in 2018. Joseph received his doctorate in composition in 1996 from New York University, and since then has served there in many capacities, teaching composition, songwriting, conducting, and musical theater performance; as co-director of the musical theatre program; and as guest conductor of the NYU Symphony Orchestra. Joseph is the author of two books, Music Direction for the Stage: A View from the Podium and Rock in the Musical Theatre: A Guide for Singers, both published by Oxford University Press.

Jeff Bienstock (Co-Lyricist/Book) was born in Los Angeles, California. He studied music at Occidental College before travelling East to attend NYU Steinhardt, where he earned a Master’s degree in Musical Theatre Composition. While still in school, he penned his first musical, The Morning After / The Night Before, which later premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in 2010 and won a Best-of-Fest Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. He was also accepted into the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, and co-created quasi-historical comedy The Bone Wars for the Ensemble Studio Theatre with fellow participant Eric March. In 2012, Jeff was invited to attend the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project at Northwestern University, where he was mentored by Craig Carnelia and Andrew Lippa. He also met composer Andrea Daly, with whom he would go on to create Legendale, an original musical comedy about life, love, and video games. This show received presentations at the National Alliance of Musical Theater (NAMT) Festival of New Musicals in 2015 and was showcased at Stephen Schwartz’s ASCAP Work- shop the following year. Uniquely, Legendale was given two premieres in 2017: a World Premiere at the Fredericia Teater in Denmark, and an English Language Premiere at the Human Race Theatre in Dayton, Ohio. Both productions were directed by John Simpkins. Jeff’s lyrics and original characters have been featured on stages everywhere from 54 Below in New York City to the Wallis Theatre in Beverly Hills. He currently lives in Brooklyn and would be hard-pressed to leave.

Bill Castellino (Director/Choreographer) is a theatre writer, director, choreographer, and producer. He most recently directed Hamlet, The Rock Musical (a contemporary revival of Cliff Jones’ 1976 Broadway Musical Rocka-bye Hamlet) in LA to launch a World Tour. He has directed these World Premieres: Cagney, Passion Nation, Soulmates, The Great Divorce, Grumpy Old Men, Christmas in Hell, Jolson at The Winter Garden, Dr. Radio, Lizzie Borden, Crash Club, Heartbeats, Breathe, A House Divided, Fishwrap, I Spy A Spy, Presidents, A Holiday For Hope, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, and others. Additionally, he has directed: Desperate Measures, Storyville, Ionescopade, Nightclub Cantata, Tarzan, Rent, Gypsy, Rocky Horror, Carousel, The Slab Boys, Miklat, Godspell, Music Man, West Side, Joseph, Tommy, Little Shop, Evita, Hair, Fame, Chess, and many others. His touring projects include: Chess, Jolson, Esther, Les Miserables, Fame, and The Presidents. His work has been seen on ABC, HBO, SHO, & Cinemax. Bill has written eleven musicals, many revues, and dozens of cabarets & concerts. He has directed, choreographed, and produced theatrical & special events in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, nationally and internationally. Awards: NY Outer Critics, Jefferson, Telly, 4 LA Weekly, 11 Drama-Logue; nominations include 2 Lortels, Audelco, Carbonelle, LA Theatre Critics, many others. Many of Castellino’s productions have won awards regionally and in NYC. He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. For additional information, please contact the Michael Moore Agency at

Kierstead Productions (Executive Producer) Jim Kierstead is an Emmy, Olivier, and four-time Tony Award- winning producer of the Broadway, touring, Toronto, and London productions of Kinky Boots, the revival of Pippin, Hadestown, and The Inheritance. He is currently represented on Broadway as a co-producer of Tony-nominated Ain’t Too Proud, Company, The Lehman Trilogy, Mrs. Doubtfire, and The Minutes. In addition, he has been a co- producer of 25 Broadway productions including The Inheritance, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Waitress, The Visit, You Can’t Take It With You, Indecent, The Great Comet (all Tony nominated), Be More Chill, Pretty Woman, Side Show, It Shoulda Been You, M. Butterfly, Rocky, among others. Off-Broadway projects include Unexpected Joy, Yank! (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Nominees), Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, and Thrill Me — The Leopold & Loeb Story(Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Nominees). He has produced London productions including Waitress, Dreamgirls, Pretty Woman, Be More Chill, Unexpected Joy, Yank!, Thrill Me, Night of the Living Dead, and Aspects of Love. Film/TV projects include the Emmy winning TV series “The Bay,” we well as “Indoor Boys,” Emmy-nominated “After Forever,” and “Wakefield” starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. Along with Broadway United partner, William Fernandez, Jim produced the hit immersive show Amparo in downtown Miami for Bacardi. Jim is on the Board of Directors of The York Theatre Company, The Abingdon Theatre Company, and The New York Theatre Barn and is the founder of the digital theatre content creation company Broadway Virtual.

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robert massimi

Drama critic for Nimbus Magazine, Metropolitan Magazine and New York Lifestyles Magazine. Producer, editor and writer.