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advising the women of this new miracle drug and its long list of unpleasant side effects.* Yellow takes to the stage to explain how the only man who could ever reach her was Billy Ray, a preacher’s son (“Son Of A Preacher Man”). The magazine then has a section addressing the ‘devil’s weed,’ or the truth about marijuana. The women promptly smoke up and go on a titillating trip.** This leads the women into a rumination on the man with the pleasing, but also freezing, touch (“Goldfinger”). Next, the 1966 edition of Shout! comes out with even more news and advice. Orange has become even more frustrated with Miles, who she implores to stay close to her even if he isn’t as affectionate as he once was (“You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me”). Green writes to Gwendolyn about breaking up with her boyfriend because he was bad in bed, but Gwendolyn advises her that carnal joys are less important for women and tells her to go to Harrod’s. However, times are changing and the women are not satisfied with old ideas (“Winds Of Change Medley”). The years begin to fly by. In 1967, Red tries to impress her boyfriend by singing in a talent contest, but she makes a fool of herself and forgets the words; her boyfriend is nevertheless impressed. In 1968, Paul McCartney is getting married and Yellow is devastated (“I Just Don’t Know What To Do”). The girls check out their horoscopes (“Fashion Show [Sign of the Times]”). They transition into an empowered decision to kick out an old flame (“These Boots Are Made For Walking”). Blue writes to Gwendolyn Holmes, explaining that she doesn’t feel sparks with her new beau. Holmes offers no substantial help. The women all take a test to find out of their man is the right one for them and it turns out that Blue’s secret desire is Penelope! Green also makes a shocking discovery about her secret desire: it’s just one man! (“I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love”). Yellow then writes to Gwendolyn about her recent marriage and how her husband hits her. Gwendolyn advises that she see a marriage counselor rather than leaving. Blue deals with her revelation and is joined by Orange (“You’re My World/All I See Is You”). As the 1970s begin, Red enters as a hippie. She is soon joined by the other women all dressed in 70’s garb (“Those Were The Days”). Orange writes an empowered note to Gwendolyn telling her that she’s been giving her terrible advice and that her way of seeing the world is dead; Gwendolyn implodes and her column is discontinued. The women celebrate their freedom (“Shout!”). In the Epilogue, the women reveal their ultimate fate (“Epilogue: Pictures FromThe Past/Downtown”). They all have experienced a wide array of life’s moments, thus shaping who they became. They are able to appreciate that they’re representative of the era. The curtain falls. MUSICAL NUMBERS • England Swings/'Round Every Corner/I Know a Place • I Only Want to Be with You/Tell the Boys (Medley) • How Can You Tell? • Wishin' & Hopin' • One Two Three • To Sir with Love • Don't Sleep in the Subway • Son of a Preacher Man • James Bond Theme/Goldfinger • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me • Diamonds Are Forever • Puppet on a String • Georgy Girl/Windy (Medley) • Who Am I? • Don't Give Up • I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself • These Boots Are Made for Walkin' • I Couldn't Live Without Your Love • You're My World/All I See Is You (Medley) • Those Were the Days • Shout! • Goin' Back • Downtown • Downtown (Dance Remix)