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End of an era

David Bowie, Queen Elizabeth II, Charlotte and George Shultz, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Liza Minnelli, and countless other notables have sat in the audience for performances of Beach Blanket Babylon, the stage show that was supposed to run a couple weeks but ran for 45 years. That will come to an end with its final show on Dec. 31, 2019.

The longest-running musical revue on Earth conquered the entertainment world from its home at North Beach’s Club Fugazi. Some of the show’s performers and crew have been with it for decades. With more than 17,000 performances under its belt, the show is not coming to an end for financial reasons. Jo Schuman Silver, widow of the show’s creator Steve Silver, told the San Francisco Chronicle she has been considering ending the show for several years: “There was no reason — I just started thinking, ‘Wow, how much longer do we go?’”

In its remaining seven months, expect a lot of people to crowd into the small theater for their last look at the legendary satirical stage show.

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