On June 7, 1974, Steve Silver produced a small show in the back room of the Savoy Tivoli Restaurant in San Francisco. There were 214 seats crammed into a tiny space. The floor was covered with two tons of sand; a lifeguard tore tickets at the door and sprayed the backs of people’s hand with Coppertone®. For $2.50, audience members got a 45-minute show with four main performers, a chorus line of hula-dancing middle-aged housewives doing card stunts, a band dressed as poodles, one lighting man on top of a lifeguard stand manipulating Folger’s® coffee can lights, and a whole lots of laughs.
The show was to run for six weeks. That was 40 years ago…
After a brief stint in the fall of 1974 at Club Olympus, Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon opened at Club Fugazi where it has been running since. The show became an expanded version of the Tivoli and Olympus shows, but included more characters, grander sets, a larger cast, and what was to become a trademark of the show, bigger hats!
About the Show
Beach Blanket Babylon, the nation’s longest running musical revue, has been by nearly six million people, including HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall as well as some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Packed with hilarious spoofs of pop and political culture, spectacular costumes, outrageously gigantic hats, and one show-stopping number after another, the show continues to dazzle audiences at Club Fugazi in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach district.
Hailed as “a constant cascade of showstoppers” by the San Francisco Chronicle, the show follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her “Prince Charming.” Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including President Barack & Michelle Obama, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Prince William, Kate Middleton and their baby Prince George, Duck Dynasty, Paula Deen, Katy Perry, Governor Jerry Brown, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Nancy Pelosi, Michael Jackson, Adele, Lady Gaga, “Fifty Shades of Grey” and the San Francisco Giants.
Tickets range in price from $25–$130 (based on performance date and seat location) and can be purchased online at beachblanketbabylon.com, in person at the box office or by calling 415-421-4222. All performances take place at Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. (Green St.). Performance schedule is as follows: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 5 p.m. Due to liquor license restrictions, persons under 21 are not admitted to evening performances. (Minors welcome at Sunday matinees.) Valid photo I.D. is required.