What is Beach Blanket Babylon?

Steve Silver was the creative genius who, in 1974, founded Beach Blanket Babylon, the longest running musical revue in American history.

His contribution to the world of theater were his whimsical imagination and sense of the absurd. His first theater job, in 1969, was tearing tickets at the North Beach's hungry i (then a cutting-edge nightclub).

While getting his fine arts master's degree at San Jose State University, he produced what might today be called performance art pieces.

He was assistant art director for the cult classic movie Harold and Maude.

His Rent-A-Freak performances attracted the American Conservatory Theater (ACT), where he became an associate director.

His boyish exuberance, creative incongruity, outlandish visual sensibility and zany sense of delight helped him create one of San Francisco's jewels, Beach Blanket Babylon.

In 1983, Steve did a command performance for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip at Davies Symphony Hall; and in 1988, the de Young Museum presented an exhibit of Beach Blanket Babylon- 15 Years of Hats and Costumes. In 1994, honoring the 20th Anniversary of BBB, Steve restaged the show at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House.

A philanthropist as well as a showman, he gave generously-to museums, libraries, education, medical research, and many other charities which support individuals and families-to add to the beauty and splendor of the city he loved, San Francisco.

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