I think it benefits from repetition, which after all these years of the cast recording being available, might work in its favor. I saw a preview of the OBC and while I was wowed by a few moments (Coleslaw, Lot's Wife, Anika Noni Rose), it was just too much for me to grasp, process, and really love on one viewing. I was given a sampler CD of 5 songs that I became sort of obsessed with, then I went back to the show. The access that the familiarity from this sampler gave me really tipped the experience in a positive direction, no doubt aided by my first viewing and a basic understanding of how the evening was going to unfold. I fell deeply and wildly in love with the show, and continued to have my experience enriched when the OBCR was released.
But being fair, it was a flop, and likely will be one again. For one, it's kind of a downer. Two, as much as I love this sort of thing, it's tough for audiences to really embrace a score that doesn't have a lot of real "songs", in the more traditional sense. I mean, it's brilliant as hell to me! I love Tesori. But I get why it's not the most accessible.
I hope it resonates in a fresh way for today's audiences and am thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit it and share it with others!