“WELCOME TO RIO”

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RIO

SCENE ONE

“WELCOME TO RIO”

Musicians sleepily walk through the audience and onto the stage to play their “Welcome” to the arriving passengers from an overnight. On stage, a janitor pushes a broom in the airport.

Musician #1 stubs his toe.  He swears.

Musician #1     (spoken)          Merda!

Musician #2    (spoken)          Work on your English, will you?  You don’t think these tourists   speak Portuguese, do you?

Musician #3                             Sadly, he is right.

Musician #1                             Theese morning shift ees killing me.

Musician #2                             It helps support my family

Musician #3                             I wanted show biz, but is this my destiny?

Musician #1                             Thees morning sheeft is killing me.

Announcer:                             Atensao, voo 8819 da Varig esta chegango agora au portao numbero 35 as sete e meia.

Attention:  Varig flight 8819 from Miami is now arriving at Gate 35 at 7:30 hours.

 

Musician #3 (spoken)              (sighs)   There’s our cue as always….

Welcome Band                       Welcome to Heeo,

Musician # 2                            “Rio!”

Seja Bienvienito (Bane Veendo)

Welcome Band                       Welcome to Heeo

Musician #2                             “Rio!”

Welcome Band                       Welcome to Rio

 

After the passengers arrive, John Hawthorne is approached by panhandlers.

 

Panhandler #1                     Senhor, you can save really big on your money.

The exchange rate for Reals (Heeos) is crummy.

I have Centavos to trade for your dollars.

So thirty-three-to-one—that’s my good offer.

Welcome Band                    Welcome to Rio

Seja Bienvienito  (Bane Veendo)

Welcome to Rio

Helena                                   Don’t take his deal, his rate is too high.

John Hawthorne                      Sorry, no trade

Panhandler #2                         Senhor, I can see that you’re good in your business.
And to tell you the truth I respect this.
But still you need some Brasillian tender.
My thirty-six-to-one rate is so slender.

 

Welcome Band/                      Welcome to Rio   /    on behalf of Brasil (Braseeo)
airport porters etc.                   Seja Bienvienito  /     come and spend your dinero
Welcome to Rio  /    El tourista supremo
Helena                                     Don’t let him steal  — his rate is too high

 

John Hawthorne                      Sorry, no trade

 

Panhandler #3                         Senhor, you know inflation will burn what I gain.
And all the government banks still remain.
But since your dollars are black market gold,
For every buck I will match forty-fold!

 
Welcome Band/                      Welcome to Rio  /  Heart of Latin America
Porters, poor                            Seja Bienvienito   /   Where the future is strong.
Welcome to Rio  /  It’s today that is wrong.
O.K.  his deal. (gives OK sign)

 

John Hawthorne                      You gotta Trade!
(shakes his hand)

 

Welcome Band/                      Welcome to Rio (Heeo) /  Dejanierio (Dee Janiero)
porters/ poor/etc.                     Si Si Bienvienito  /   Rio Dejanierio
Welcome to Rio  /  Dejanierio
Welcome to Rio, Rio

 

Welcome to Rio  /  Dejanierio
Si Si Bienvienito  /  Rio Dejanierio
Welcome to Rio  /   Dejanierio
Welcome to Rio, Rio

 

Welcome to Rio  / Dejanierio
Si Si Bienvienito  /  Rio Dejanierio
Welcome to Rio  / Dejanierio

                                                Welcome to Rio,  Rio,  NOW!

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