The City of San Francisco Salutes 40 Years of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon
Images by Drew Altizer Photography
With more than 30 incredible hats and outrageous costumes and wigs, the City of San Francisco salute 40 years of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon with a special public celebration last June 6 at San Francisco’s City Hall. Foam San Francisco Skyline Hats, Humphry Slocombe Beach Blanket Babylon Goes Bananas ice cream and custom Ghirardelli Chocolate bars were generously handed out to guests. Celebrating over 15,000 performances, Beach Blanket Babylon has become a world renowned record-breaking success. Seen by nearly six million people from around the world, this San Francisco institution captures the wild, witty and wonderful world of Steve Silver. Premiering at the Savoy Tivoli in June 1974, and then moving to Club Fugazi in 1975, Beach Blanket Babylon continues to delight audiences with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats. The memorable evening included priceless appearances by Mayor Ed Lee, chief of protocol Charlotte Shultz as Wonder Woman, former secretary of state George Shultz as Superman, former mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. as The Emperor, president Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Dede Wilsey as Glinda The Good, San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas as The Maestro, the stellar cast of Beach Blanket Babylon and the sensational San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.