Theater: Arrivederd Broadway

Bravo Giovanni offers a great voice in a tiny void. Metropolitan Opera Basso Cesare Siepi gets the chance to sing a menu. As a display of the conspicuous consumption of talent, this might have staggered Thorstein Veblen. What playgoers will find themselves conspicuously consuming at this musical comedy is their own time.

Bravo Giovanni is not intolerable, just interminable. Its plot, its songs and its dances go on and on, but they never really GO. The hero, Giovanni Venturi (Siepi), operates a homey trattoria in Rome. Next door, a flossy branch of the Uriti...

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