'Beach Blanket Babylon' Bids Adieu

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Banana Carmen in "Beach Blanket Babylon," performing at Club Fugazi in North Beach.  (Photo: Rick Markovich)

After 45 years and more than 17,000 performances, San Francisco’s longest-running musical revue will close. Producer Jo Schuman Silver has decided to end “Beach Blanket Babylon.” The campy, irreverent show, filled with pop culture references, political gags and an iconic San Francisco skyline hat, plays Club Fugazi until the end of this year. We’ll talk with Schuman Silver and actor Curt Branom about the unexpectedly long tenure of “Beach Blanket Babylon,” and its place in San Francisco’s cultural history.


Jo Schuman Silver, producer, "Beach Blanket Babylon"

Curt Branom, performer, "Beach Blanket Babylon"