Beach Blanket Babylon – Zany, Hilarious & Enduring

This zany show is the longest-running musical in the US. For more than forty years, audiences have been been captivated by the irreverent revue at Club Fugazi in the popular North Beach neighborhood.

Beach Blanket Babylon is performed in an intimate setting at a theater — more like a nightclub — on Green Street (also called Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard!). The 1906 historic San Francisco building was originally the Casa Coloniale Italiana John F. Fugazi (a long name for the Italian community center). Before it became the official headquarters to Beach Blanket Babylon, it was a poetry reading drop-in venue for the Beat Generation of the 1950s and 1960s.

Snow White & Friends

Beach Blanket Babylon

Since 1974, audiences have followed the twisted story of Snow White as she travels the globe in search of her Prince Charming.

Along the she way bumps into unlikely collection of pop-culture icons and politicians. Snow White then takes time to tease the popular characters in lively musical numbers.

The best thing about Beach Blanket Babylon is that it's always updated with current celebrities, costumes and characters. The new crop of celebrity spoofing is aimed at the cast of Glee, Adele, Lady Gaga, Kate Middleton, and the Obamas. Musical numbers are sprinkled with liberal amounts of comedy.

Outrageous and sometime downright silly, the revue is famous for crazy giant hats and bizarre costumes. The paper-thin story ties the vaudevillian skits together.

Creator & History

Beach Blanket Babylon

The creator, Steve Silver died in 1995 after the first 21 years of sold-out shows.

Once a painter, Silver originally came up with the idea for the show and named it after the Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello "Beach Blanket" movies.

After his death, his wife Jo Schuman Silver continued on with the show. Under her leadership, the revue was the first American production presented at the Covent Garden Festival of Opera and Music Theatre in London. Millions of people have seen the show including dignitaries and royalty like Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Elizabeth.

Today, Beach Blanket Babylon has become one of San Francisco's greatest treasures. And it is still performed at Club Fugazi in the heart of North Beach.

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