Drama - Original

ANTA Playhouse

Data not verified
  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: December 11, 1958
  • Closing Date: October 24, 1959
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 364

Music: David Amram

Playwright: Archibald MacLeish


A successful American industrialist survives unspeakable and unexplainable disasters, ultimately confronting God, in Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer Prize-winning update of the Book of Job, which is re-told within the framework of a circus sideshow performance.


Opening Night Cast

Raymond Massey Mr. Zuss
Christopher Plummer in J.B. Christopher Plummer Nickles
Nan Martin Sarah
See Full Opening Night Cast

Opening Night Production Credits

  Archibald MacLeish Writer
  David Amram Music
Elia Kazan Elia Kazan Director
  Boris Aronson Production Design
  Lucinda Ballard Costume Design
  Tharon Musser Lighting Design
See Full Opening Night Production credits
See More

Shows That Opened That Season: 1958 - 1959

See entire season


Pulitzer Prize

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1959 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Archibald MacLeish Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1959 Actor in a Play Christopher Plummer Nominee
1959 Direction (pre-1960) Elia Kazan Winner
1959 Featured Actress in a Play Nan Martin Nominee
1959 Play   Winner
1959 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Boris Aronson Nominee
You are submitting a comment about: The page you are currently on: J.B. on Broadway - Information, Cast, Crew, Synopsis and Photos - Playbill Vault
The website in general
What are you writing about?
Who are you?
Explain your reason for writing to us