SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- After 45 years, San Francisco's Beach Blanket Babylon, announced that the show will not go on, after their final performances on December 31, 2019.
"There's no rhyme or reason, I felt it was time," said Jo Schuman Silver, the producer of Beach Blanket Babylon.Silver's husband, the late Steve Silver, opened the show in 1974 for a six-week run.
"Who would have thought that I would have been in a show for 25 years that has brought so much to a city, to our community," she said, holding back tears.Known for its iconic hats and political and pop culture spoofs, Beach Blanket Babylon is expert at changing the show to fit the latest world events.
"It's going to be a great loss in my life and a great loss in a lot of people's lives," said philanthropist, Charlotte Shultz, who is a friend of the Silvers and attended the first Beach Blanket performance.Shultz has been to hundreds of shows since even performing as Wonder Woman in the 40th-anniversary show.
"The ticket sale portion of Beach Blanket's website was crashing periodically Wednesday night, presumably as people rushed to buy tickets before it was too late.