We weren’t sure what to expect from the adult (only adults 21 and over were admitted to evening shows) 30-year-old show that began in the 1970s with street performers. Its popularity proven by more than 11,000 performances and 4.5 million guests, the Beach Blanket Babylon® show we caught was creative, vivid and entertaining. The experienced performers seemed to enjoy each skit full of outrageous hats and spectacular costumes.
The Snow White theme was peppered with current events, famous politicians and pop culture characters such as President George W. Bush, figure, Vice President Dick Cheney, former National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, Senator John Kerry, Senator John Edwards, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Britney Spears, Donald Trump and Paris Hilton among others. We found the tongue-in-cheek parody lively, colorful, and funny; the perfect show for our first weekend night in San Francisco in many years.
Duration Of Show 90 minutes
Established June 1974
Handicapped Access BBB: “We accommodate wheel chair users on the main floor of the theater, sign language interpreted performances are held twice a year in April and November, there are assistive listening devices for hearing impaired patrons, and visually impaired guests may request a Braille program.”
Location in the heart of San Francisco ’s North Beach district
Lyrics Producer Jo Schuman Silver and Director Kenny Mazlow
Open Wednesday through Sunday
Owner-Producer : Jo Schuman Silver
Size seating for 393 in a two-story building and a total of 8,000 square feet of space
Transportation driving or taking a taxi were our best options
Vice President-General Manager David Lincoln King
Other Established by Steve Silver in the 1970s, the adult oriented show welcomed minors for Sunday matinees only. Infants were not allowed. Tickets were nonrefundable and non changeable. All sections were sold on a first come first served basis except for Box & Center Balcony Reserved seats. The show boasts a long list of celebrities who have attended a performance including Hollywood stars and directors, comics, politicians, royals, singers, athletes and designers. The name of the show came from Steve’s admiration of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello beach blanket movies and the Babylon came from “his fertile imagination.“
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Would You Attend This Show Again? Yes