San Francisco’s iconic Beach Blanket Babylon to end after 45 years

Beach Blanket Babylon announces closing

The city’s long-running “Beach Blanket Babylon” is coming to an end after 45 years in San Francisco. 

It was announced Wednesday that what many dubbed the world’s longest-running musical revue and one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions will be coming to a close at the end of the year. 

The last performance will be on December 31, 2019. 

The musical spoof of pop and political culture has been running since 1974 at North Beach’s Club Fugazi.

The show is internationally known for its extravagant costumes and outrageous hats. 

“Audiences have embraced Beach Blanket Babylon since the day it opened on June 7, 1974,” said producer Schuman Silver. “Originally scheduled to run for only six weeks, the show became an international phenomenon and the quintessential San Francisco experience. I am thankful to our fans from around the world who have supported us from the very beginning. Our hats are off to each and every one of you!”  

If you’re not familiar with Beach Blanket Babylon, it follows Snow White as she takes a quick journey around the world looking for her Prince Charming. 

Along the way, she meets a star-studded yet ever-changing lineup of characters, from everyone including President Trump and Freddie Mercury to Ariana Grande and Oprah.

The music revue known for its creative costumes, parodied hit songs, huge and outrageous headpieces, one-bit liners and spoofs of everything from politics to celebrities is the product of late creator Steve Silver.

Today it is under the wing of Silver’s widow, Jo Schuman Silver, along with Kenny Mazlow, co-author, director, and choreographer.

Beach Blanket Babylon has entertained audiences with more than 17,000 performances and has been seen by 6.5 million people from around the world, according to its website. 

It all started when Steve Silver and a group of his friends began performing, in costume, on the streets of San Francisco and eventually moved to the Savoy Tivoli in North Beach in June 1974. 

The show became so popular that it moved to the larger theater at Club Fugazi.

Beach Blanket Babylon features outrageous hats, like the iconic San Francisco Skyline Hat, which is 14 feet tall, 9 feet wide, 3 feet deep and weighs more than 250 pounds. 

Tickets for the remaining performances are on-sale now on their website

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