1. A CINEMA IN BUENOS AIRES, 26 JULY 1952
(An audience is watching a movie. Suddenly the film stops. The people in the cinema begin to protest but are silenced by an announcement)
THE VOICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE PRESS
It is my sad duty to inform you that Eva Peron, spiritual leader of the nation, entered immortality at 8.25 this evening.
2. REQUIEM FOR EVITA
(EVA's funeral. CHE is the only non-participant. He moves through the mourners, apparently unseen.)
CROWD
Requiem aeternum
dona Evita
Requiem Evita
Evita
Evita
3. OH WHAT A CIRCUS
CHE
Oh what a circus!
Oh what a show!
Argentina has gone to town
Over the death of an actress called Eva Peron
We've all gone crazy
Mourning all day and mourning all night
Falling over ourselves to get all
Of the misery right
Oh what an exit! That's how to go!
When they're ringing your curtain down
Demand to be buried like Eva Peron
It's quite a sunset
And good for the country in a roundabout way
We've made the front page of all the world's papers today
But who is this Santa Evita?
Why all this howling hysterical sorrow?
What kind of goddess has lived among us?
How will we ever get by without her?
She had her moments--she had some style
The best show in town was the crowd
Outside the Casa Rosada crying, "Eva Peron"
But that's all gone now
As soon as the smoke from the funeral clears
We're all going to see and how she did nothing for years!
CROWD
Salve regina mater misericordiae
Vita dulcedo et spes nostra
Salve salve regina
Ad te clamamus exules filii Eva
Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes
O clemens o pia
CHE
You let down your people Evita
You were supposed to have been immortal
That's all they wanted
Not much to ask for
But in the end you could not deliver
Sing you fools! But you got it wrong
Enjoy your prayers because you haven't got long
Your queen is dead, your king is through
She's not coming back to you
Show business kept us all alive
Since 17 October 1945
But the star has gone, the glamour's worn thin
That's a pretty bad state for a state to be in
Instead of government we had a stage
Instead of ideas a prima donna's rage
Instead of help we were given a crowd
She didn't say much but she said it loud
Sing you fools? But you got it wrong
Enjoy your prayers because you haven't got long
Your queen is dead, your king is through
She's not coming back to you
CROWD
Salve regina mater misericordiae
Vita dulcedo et spes nostra
Salve salve regina Peron
Ad te clamamus exules filii Eva
Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes
O clemens o pia
EVA
Don't cry for me Argentina
For I am ordinary, unimportant
And undeserving of such attention
Unless we all are--I think we all are
So share my glory, so share my coffin
So share my glory, so share my coffin
CHE
It's our funeral too
4. ON THIS NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS (Flashback to 1934 and to a nightclub in Junin, EVA's home town. EVA DUARTE is fifteen. The cabaret is nearly over. MAGALDI is singing with great gusto.)
CHE
Now Eva Peron had every disadvantage you need if
You're going to succeed. No money, no class, no father,
No bright lights--there was nowhere she'd been at the age Of fifteen, as this tango singer found out.
Agustin Magaldi--who has the distinction of being the First man to be of use to Eva Duarte.
MAGALDI
On this night of a thousand stars
Let me take you to heaven's door
Where the music of love's guitars
Plays for evermore!
In the glow of those twinkling lights
We shall love through eternity
On this night in a million nights
Fly away with me!
I never dreamed that a kiss could be as sweet as this
--now I know that it can
I used to wander alone without a love of my own
I was a desperate man
But all my grief disappeared and all the sorrow I feared
Wasn't there anymore
On that magical day when you first came my way
Mi Amor!
On this night... On this night... On this night of a thousand stars
Let me take you to heaven's door
Where the music of love's guitars
Plays for evermore!
5.EVA AND MAGALDI / EVA BEWARE OF THE CITY (MAGALDI joins EVA and her family--mother, 3 sisters, brother--at their table. CHE is loitering nearby at the bar.)
EVA
To think that a man, as famous as you are, could love a Poor little nothing like me!
I want to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple!
EVA and FAMILY
She wants to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple!
CHE
Just listen to that! They're onto you Magaldi! I'd get out
While you can
EVA
It's happened at last--I'm starting to get started--I'm moving out with my man
MAGALDI
Now Eva don't get carried away-
EVA
Monotony past--suburbia departed--who could ever be Fond of the back of beyond?
MAGALDI
Don't hear words that I didn't say
EVA's FAMILY
What's that? You'd desert the girl you love?
MAGALDI
The girl I love? What are you talking about?
EVA's FAMILY
She really brightened up your out of town engagement,
She gave you all she had--she wasn't in your contract
--you must be quite relieved that no-one's told the papers
--so far-
EVA
I want to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple!
Would I have done what I did if I hadn't thought, if I Hadn't known, we would stay together?
CHE
Seems to me there's no point in resisting, she's made up her mind, you've no choice.
Why don't you be the man who discovered her?
You'll never be remembered for your voice.
MAGALDI
The city can be paradise for those who have the cash, the class and the connections--what you need to make a splash.
The likes of you get swept up in the morning with the trash--if you were rich or middle class-
EVA
Screw the middle classes! I will never accept them!
My father's Other family were middle class and we were kept out of Sight, hidden from view, at his funeral!
DESK CLERK
Do all your one night stands give you this trouble?
MAGALDI
Eva, beware of the city It's hungry and cold, can't be controlled, it is mad
Those who are fools are swallowed up whole
And those who are not become
What they should not become
Changed--in short they go bad
EVA
Bad is good for me--I'm bored, so clean and so ignored
I've only been predictable--respectable!
Birds fly out of here so why oh why oh why the hell can't I I only want variety--of society!
I want to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple!
EVA and FAMILY
She wants to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple!
MAGALDI
Five years from now I shall come back
And finally say, you have your way--come to town
But you'll look at me with a foreigner's eyes
The magical city a
Younger girl's city, a Fantasy long since put down
EVA
All you've done to me--was that a young girl's fantasy?
I played your city games alright--didn't I?
I already know what cooks, how the dirty city feels and looks
I tasted it last night, didn't I?
I'm going to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple!
EVA and FAMILY
She's going to be a part of B.A.--Buenos Aires--Big Apple!
MAGALDI
Eva beware your ambition
It's hungry and cold, can't be controlled, will run wild
This in a man is danger enough
But you are a woman, not
Even a woman, not
Very much more than a child and whatever you say
I'll not steal you away!
6. BUENOS AIRES (EVA and MAGALDI arrive in Buenos Aires)
EVA
What's new Buenos Aires?
I'm new--I want to say I'm just a little stuck on you
You'll be on me too!
I get out here Buenos Aires
Stand back--you ought to know what'cha gonna get in me
Just a little touch of star quality!
Fill me up with your heat, with your noise, with your dirt, overdo me
Let me dance to your beat, make it loud. let it hurt, run it through me
Don't hold back you are certain to impress
Tell the driver this is where I'm staying
Hello Buenos Aires!
Get this--just look at me, dressed up somewhere to go
We'll put on a show!
Take me in at your flood, give me speed, give me lights, set me humming
Shoot me up with your blood, wine me up with your nights, watch me coming
All I want is a whole lot of excess
Tell the singer this is where I'm playing
Stand back Buenos Aires!
Because you ought to know what'cha gonna get in me
Just a little touch of star quality!
And if ever I go too far
It's because of the things you are
Beautiful town--I love you
And if I need a moment's rest
Give your lover the very best
Real eiderdown--and silence
You're a tramp, you're a treat, you will shine to the death, you are shoddy
But you're flesh, you are meat, you shall have every breath in my body
Put me down for a lifetime of success
Give me credit--I'll find ways of paying
Rio de la Plata!
Florida!
Corrientes!
Nueve de Julio!
All I want to know!
Stand back Buenos Aires!
Because you oughta know what'cha gonna get in me
Just a little touch of Just a little touch of
Just a little touch of star quality!
7. ANOTHER SUITCASE IN ANOTHER HALL
EVA
I don't expect my love affairs to last for long
Never fool myself that my dreams will come true
Being used to trouble I anticipate it
But all the same I hate it--wouldn't you?
So what happens now?
CHE
Another suitcase in another hall
EVA
So what happens now?
CHE
Take your picture off another wall
EVA
Where am I going to?
CHE
You'll get by, you always have before
EVA
Where am I going to?
Time and time again I've said that I don't care
That I'm immune to gloom, that I'm hard through and through
But every time it matters all my words desert me
So anyone can hurt me--and they do
So what happens now?
CHE
Another suitcase in another hall
EVA
So what happens now?
CHE
Take your picture off another wall
EVA
Where am I going to?
CHE You'll get by you always have before
EVA
Where am I going go?
Call in three months time and I'll be fine I know
Well maybe not that fine, but I'll survive anyhow
I won't recall the names and places of each sad occasion
But that's no consolation--here and now
So what happens now?
CHE
Another suitcase in another hall
EVA
So what happens now?
CHE
Take your picture off another wall
EVA
Where am I going to?
CHE
You'll get by, you always have before
EVA
Where am I going to?
CHE
Don't ask anymore
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