I am your host. I am one of the original cast members of Beach Blanket Babylon Goes Bananas, the bedrock upon which Steve Silver built his fortune. The streets of North Beach are littered with the ghosts of performers who gave their sweat and tears and talent to build his dynasty.
The Beach Blanket Babylon franchise began before Goes Bananas in 1974 at the Savoy Tivoli, and continues today at Fugazi Hall in North Beach of San Francisco. Beach Blanket Babylon is, to date, America’s longest-running musical revue.
We were never allowed to tape our performances. Indeed, some of the performers never saw tapes of the shows. Steve Silver, however, did record some videos. These are unprofessional, cheap and grainy, but they are all that remains of the years when the show was about silliness and nostalgia – when we all contributed songs, ideas and bad comedy on behalf of the “team” – believing that’s what we were.
This is a closed group, by invitation only. Membership is granted upon screening and/or at the individual’s request. If you worked for BBB during 1980-Present, you will not be invited (certain exceptions aside). Why? Because we suffered from “oldest child” syndrome, and those who came into the show later didn’t experience the same treatment. We had no understudies, and no paid vacations. We had to run up to the third floor to go to the bathroom during performances, as there was no bathroom backstage on stage level. We were sorely underpaid, our mail was stolen and management did everything possible to keep us from getting other jobs.
So if your feelings are bruised because you were a “middle child” then I’m sorry about this. But THIS is MY show and I can write what I want, say what I want and I make the rules. (stamping foot and pouting)