Originally devised as a Creative Musical Ensemble project at CAP 21 Conservatory in 2011, the piece features a book, music and lyrics by Daniel Maté (TheatreWorks' The Trouble With Doug) from a concept by Erin Ortman and Maté. The Story of Jo-Beth is described as "a musical retelling of the Biblical book of Job, set in modern-day Midwestern America. It follows the travails of a seventeen-year-old overachiever who abruptly goes from local heroine to town pariah, and has to confront the prospect of losing everything — including her faith in humanity."
Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum with assistant direction by Max Friedman, the cast includes Alvin (The Look of Love, Nine), Dan DeLuca, Blair Goldberg (Carrie), Derek Klena (Carrie, Dogfight), Megan Elizabeth Lewis (Bare), Shannon O'Boyle, Meredith Owens, Kat Papacostas, Brett Rigby and George Salazar (Godspell, F#%king Up Everything). Music direction is by Brian Usifer (Kinky Boots music director).