I saw this at Atlantic and loved it. This was more than an ordinary magic show. Very intelligent and entertaining. I highly recommend it. That being said, it is not something I would be likely to see a second time. So, I would not be surprised if its broadway success will likely depend largely on first timers.
I agree with what most folks have said here. So long as you will not be disappointed by a total reimagining of the shaw and the absence of a traditional musical, the show is wonderful. I am likely to see it again.
Most broadway productions do in fact lose money -- hence the risk. However, the reason that the investment is limited to accredited investors is not because of the risk but because the show is not raising money through a public offering that would require full disclosure of the terms of the offering and the risk.
Totally agree with Sauja. You can post opinions (even strong ones) without having to be ugly or vitriolic. Broadway performers and creative team members work very hard. Even if their performance does not succeed, it is wrong to diminish them by ugliness.
Both Patrick and Andre were great. I saw the NYTWS off-broadway version and love Chris Sullivan as Hermes. I feared that I would be let down once I heard he wasn't in it (since he has tv commitments). Andre's performance was so different and so nuanced - he truly made the role his own and I loved it.
I imagine Amber will have more opportunities. She was also great in the Great Comet. On the merits of their performances, I thought Amber and Ali were both great. I would have been happy with a tie. I don't know which way I would have voted.