CHE (To EVA'S FIRST LOVER) Goodnight and thank you whoever She's in every magazine, been photographed, seen She is known We don't like to rush but your case has been packed If she's missed anything You could give her a ring But she won't always answer the phone EVA Oh but it's sad when a love affair dies But we have pretended enough It's best that we stop fooling ourselves CHE Which means......... CHE and EVA There is no-one, no-one at all Never has been and never will be a lover Male or female Who hasn't an eye on In fact they rely on Tricks they can try on Their partner They're hoping their lover will help them or keep them Support them, promote them Don't blame them You're the same CHE Goodnight and thank you Emilio You've completed your task, what more can we ask Of you now? Please sign the book on your way out the door That will be all If she needs you she'll call But I don't think that's likely somehow EVA Oh but it's sad when a love affair dies But when we were hot we were hot I know you'll look back on the good times we've shared CHE Which means............... CHE and EVA There is no-one, no-one at all Never has been and never will be a lover Male or female Who hasn't an eye on In fact they rely on Tricks they can try on Their partner They're hoping their lover will help them or keep them Support them, promote them Don't blame her You're the same EVA There is no soap, no soap like Zazz No detergent, lotion or oil with such power in the shower It's the mother and father of luxury lather The talk of the bath The great ointment One little frolic With new Zazz carbolic Your scented You'll be sent. CHE Goodnight and thank you SeГ±or JabГіn We are grateful you found her a spot on the sound radio We'll think of you every time she's on the air We'd love you to stay But you'd be in the way So do up your trousers and go EVA Oh but it's sad when a love affair dies The decline into silence and doubt Our passion was just too intense to survive CHE Which means................... (By now a fairly long line of EVA's rejected LOVERS has formed) LOVERS This is a club I should never have joined Someone has made us look fools Argentine men call the sexual shots Someone has altered the rules EVA Fame on the wireless as far as it goes Is all very well, but every girl knows CHE She needs a man she can monopolize With fingers in dozens of different pies- LOVERS Oh but it's sad when a love affair dies 9. The Lady's Got Potential CHE In June of 43 there was a military coup Behind it was a gang called the G.O.U. Who did not feel the need to be elected They had themselves a party at the point of a gun They were slightly to the right of Attila the Hun A bomb or two and very few objected Just one shell and governments fall like flies Ka-pow, Die They stumble and fall Bye bye Backs to the wall Aim high We're having a ball The tank and bullet ruled as democracy dies The lady's got potential She was setting her sights Of making it in movies With her name in lights The greatest social climber Since Cinderella Okay she couldn't act But she had the right friends And we all know a career depends On knowing the right fella to be stellar. Just one shell and governments lose their nerve Ka-pow, Die They stumble and fall Bye, bye Backs to the wall Aim high We're having a ball That's how we get the government we deserve Now the man behind the president Calling the shots Involved so discreetly in a lot of their plots was Colonel Juan Peron would-be dictator He began in the army out in Italy so Saw Mussolini's rise from the very front row I reckon he'd do likewise sooner or later Just one blast and the tear gas falls like rain Ka-pow, Die They haven't a chance Bye bye The terrorists advance But one guy Doesn't dirty his hands Peron was biding time out in the slow lane. Suddenly a earthquake hit the town of San Juan Ka-pow, Die They stumble and fall Bye bye Keep away from the wall But one guy Was having a ball The tragedy a golden chance for Peron He organized a concert with incredible flair He named off all the victims such a grand affair Politicians, actors, stars of every flavor It was January 22, 1944 A night to remember yeah that's for sure For that's the night that Peron first met Eva For that's the night that Peron first met Eva. 10. CHARITY CONCERT/THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE (Backstage at the charity concert. EVA by now a successful actress, and PERON, by now one of the most powerful men in the military government, are both present. EVA's old friend MAGALDI is finishing his act on stage. MAGALDI 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! (MAGALDI comes off stage and runs into EVA) EVA Magaldi? MAGALDI Eva Duarte? EVA You're act hasn't changed much. MAGALDI Neither has yours. AUDIENCE: Peron, Peron, Peron. (MAGALDI leaves. The crowd begins to call for PERON. PERON pushes his way onto the stage.) PERON I stand here as a servant of the people. As we come together for a marvelous cause You've shown by your presence, your deeds, and applause What the people can do true power is your's not the government unless it represents the people CHE One always picks the easy fight One praises fools One smothers light One shifts from left to right Politics the art of the possible 11. I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You (PERON leaves the stage and finds himself face to face with EVA) EVA Colonel Peron? PERON Eva Duarte? EVA and PERON I've heard so much about you! I'm amazed for I'm only an actress (a soldier) Nothing to shout about (One of the thousands) Only a girl on the air (Defending the country he loves). EVA But when you act, the things you do affect us all. PERON But when you act, you take us away from the squalor of The real world--Are you here on your own? EVA Yes, Oh yes. PERON So am I--what a fortunate coincidence. Maybe you're my reward for my efforts here tonight. EVA It seems crazy but you must believe There's nothing calculated, nothing planned Please forgive me if I seem naive I would never want to force your hand But please understand I'd be good for you. I don't always rush in like this Twenty seconds after saying hello Telling strangers I'm too good to miss If I'm wrong I hope you'll tell me so But you really should know I'd be good for you I'd be surprisingly good for you. I won't go on if I'm boring you But do you understand my point of view Do you like what you hear, what you see, and would you be Good for me too? I'm not talking of a hurried night A frantic tumble then a shy goodbye Creeping home before it gets too light That's not the reason that I caught your eye Which has to imply I'd be good for you I'd be surprisingly good for you PERON Please go on--you enthrall me! I can understand you perfectly And I like what I hear, what I see, and knowing me I would be good for you too EVA I'm not talking of a hurried night A frantic tumble then a shy goodbye Creeping home before it gets too light That's not the reason that I caught your eye Which has to imply I'd be good for you I'd be surprisingly good for you. (EVA and PERON arrive at PERON's apartment. PERON's 16 year-old MISTRESS is in bed.) 12. HELLO AND GOODBYE EVA Hello and goodbye! I've just unemployed you You can go back to school--you had a good run I'm sure he enjoyed you Don't act sad or surprised, let's be friends, civilized Come on little one! Don't sit there like a dummy! The day you knew would arrive is here--you'll survive So move, funny face! I like your conversation--you've a catchy turn of phrase Your obviously going through some adolescent phase MISTRESS So what happens now? So what happens now? Where am I going to? CHE You'll get by you always have before MISTRESS Where am I going to? EVA Don't ask anymore 13. PERON'S LATEST FLAME CHE At the watering-holes of the well-to-do I detect a resistance to... ARISTOCRATS Precisely! CHE ...our heroine's style ARISTOCRATS We're glad you noticed CHE The shooting sticks of the upper class ARISTOCRATS Give her an inch... CHE Aren't supporting a single ass That would rise for the girl ARISTOCRATS ...she'll take a mile Such a shame she wandered into our enclosure How unfortunate this person has forced us to be blunt No, we wouldn't mind seeing her at Harrod's But behind the jewelry counter--not in front CHE Could there be in our fighting corps A lack of enthusiasm for... ARMY Exactly! CHE ...Peron's latest flame? ARMY You said it brother CHE Should you wish to cause great distress In the tidiest officer's mess Just mention her name ARMY That isn't funny! Peron is a fool, breaking every taboo Installing the girl in the army H.Q. And she's an actress! The last straw Her only good parts are between her thighs She should stare at the ceiling, not reach for the skies Or she could be his last whore The evidence suggests She has other interests If it's her who's using him He's exceptionally dim Bitch! Dangerous Jade! ARISTOCRATS We have allowed ourselves to slip We have completely lost our grip We have declined to an all-time low Tarts have become the set to know EVA I'm only a radio star with just one weekly show But speaking as one of the people I want you to know We are tired of the decline of Argentina with no sign of A government able to give us the things we deserve ARMY It's no crime for officers to do as they please As long as they're discreet and keep clear of disease We ignore, we disregard But once they allow a bit on the side To move to the center where she's not qualified We are forced be on our guard She should get into her head She should not get out of bed She should know that she's not paid To be loud but to be laid Slut! Dangerous Jade! (EVA, the glamorous movie star, enters, flanked by HEAVIES.) CHE (dressed as a reporter) This has really been your year Miss Duarte Tell us where you go from here Miss Duarte Which are the roles that you yearn to play Whom did you sleep--dine with yesterday? EVA Acting is limiting the lines not mine That's no help to the Argentine CHE Can we assume then that you'll quit? Is this because of your involvement with Colonel Peron? HEAVIES Goodnight and thank you (They drag CHE away) ARMY She won't be kept happy by her nights on the tiles She says it's his body but she's after his files So get back onto the street! She should get into her head She should not get out of bed She should know that she's not paid To be loud but to be laid The evidence suggests She has other interests If it's her who's using him He's exceptionally dim ARISTOCRATS Things have reached a pretty pass When someone pretty lower class Graceless and vulgar, uninspired Can be accepted and admired 14. A NEW ARGENTINA PERON Dice are rolling, the knives are out Would be presidents are all around I don't say they mean harm, but they'd each give an arm To see us six feet under ground EVA It doesn't matter what those morons say Our nation's leaders are a feeble crew There's only twenty of them anyway What is twenty next to millions who Are looking to you? All you have to do is sit and wait Keeping out of everybody's way We'll--you'll be handed power on a plate When the ones who matter have their say And with chaos installed You can reluctantly agree to be called PERON There again we could be foolish Not to quit while we're ahead For distance lends enchantment And that is why All exiles are distinguished More important they're not dead I could find job satisfaction In Paraguay EVA This is crazy defeatist talk Why commit political suicide? There's no risk, there's no call For any action at all When you have unions on your side MOB A new Argentina! The chains of the masses untied! A new Argentina! The voice of the people cannot be denied! EVA There is only one man who can lead any workers' regime He lives for your problems, he shares your ideals and your dreams He supports you for he loves you, understands you, is one of you If not--how could he love me? MOB A new Argentina! The workers' battle song! A new Argentina! The voice of the people rings out loud and long! EVA Now I am a worker I've suffered the way that you do I've been unemployed and I've starved and I've hated it too But I found my salvation in Peron--may the nation Let him save them as he saved me MOB AND EVA A new Argentina! A new age about to begin! A new Argentina! We face the world together and no dissent within PERON There again we could be foolish Not to quit while were ahead I can see us many miles away Inactive, sipping cocktails on a terrace, Taking breakfast in bed, sleeping easy, Doing nothing, it's attractive. EVA Don't think I don't think like you, I often get those nightmares too They always take some swallowing Sometimes it's very difficult to keep momentum if It's you that you are following Don't close doors Keep an escape clause Because we might lose The Big Apple But--would I have done, what I did If I hadn't thought, if I hadn't known We would take the country? EVA Peron has resigned from the army and this we avow The descamisados are those he is marching with now! He supports you for he loves you, understands you, is one of you If not--how could he love me? ALL A new Argentina! The chains of the masses untied! A new Argentina! The voice of the people cannot be, and must not be, denied! CHE How annoying that they have to fight elections for their cause The inconvenience--having to get a majority. If normal methods of persuasion fail to win them applause There are other ways of establishing authority ALL A new Argentina! The chains of the masses untied! A new Argentina! The voice of the people cannot be, and will not be, and must not be, denied!