Monday, June 09, 2014

Beach Blanket Babylon Celebrates 40th

Eddie is the 3rd man on the left.
For the second time in 2 weeks Eddie was at San Francisco City Hall to sing in the great rotunda with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. This time it was to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Beach Blanket Babylon. This was special for him since he has seen BBB about 25 times through the years including their 13th Bar Mitzvah Anniversary party. It is a show not to miss whether you are local or visiting San Francisco.

In case you are unfamiliar with BBB: Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon is America's longest-running musical revue. The show began its run in 1974, at Club Savoy Tivoli and has since moved to the larger Club Fugazi in the North Beach district of San Francisco.

The show was created by Steve Silver (1944-1995) and continues under the direction of his widow, Jo Schuman Silver, with frequent changes and spoofs of pop and political culture. Performers wear disproportionately large hats/wigs and gaudy costumes while performing satirical renditions of popular songs. 

Beach Blanket Babylon 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 large group of figures from popular culture, who together perform satirical songs. Figures lampooned include politicians and political figures from the San Francisco, California and U.S. governments, film and television stars, famous singers and athletes, and others who have been in the news. Also present are long-running characters such as Glinda the Good Witch, Mr. Peanut, Louis XIV, Oprah Winfrey, James Brown, Tina Turner, Carmen Miranda, Elvis Presley, a band of dancing French Poodles, and Snow White's tour guide, a female narrator who takes on several incarnations from an Italian pizza lady to a cowgirl. (Wikipedia)

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