The Capitol Steps Will Skewer Politicos of All Stripes During Two Shows on Saturday, Sept. 15th, at NCSU
N.C. State University Center Stage will present two shows by The Capitol Steps, whose satirical songs and skits skewer politicos of all stripes, at 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Stewart Theatre on the second floor of the Talley Student Center. The group’s motto is: “We put the mock in Democracy.”
According to N.C. State University Center Stage:
“You know them, you love them … plus it’s an election year, which means they’ll have lots of juicy material! For over 30 years, The Capitol Steps have been putting politics and scandal to music. They began when Reagan was president and ketchup was a vegetable. As fans know, the Steps are the premier political comedy troupe in the nation, and the only group in Washington that attempts to be funnier than the Congress.”
On its website, the Washington, DC-based political-comedy troupe adds:
“Thirty years ago, The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (‘Don’t quit your day job!’), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.
“Since they began, The Capitol Steps have recorded over 32 albums, including their latest, ‘Take the Money and Run for President!’ and their special holiday release, ‘Barackin’ Around the Christmas Tree.’ They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard for times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their ‘Politics Takes a Holiday’ radio specials.
“The Capitol Steps were born in December 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan was President when the Steps began, so co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss, and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers! Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin! So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies and skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.
“Most cast members have worked on Capitol Hill; some for Democrats, some for Republicans, and others for politicians who firmly straddle the fence. No matter who holds office, there’s never a shortage of material. Says Elaina Newport, ‘Typically the Republicans goof up, and the Democrats party. Then the Democrats goof up, and the Republicans party. That’s what we call the two-party system.’
“Although The Capitol Steps are based in Washington, DC, most of their shows are out-of-town or for out-of-town audiences, whether it’s the National Welding Supply Association, a university audience, high schoolers, or state legislators. In fact, The Capitol Steps have performed for the last five Presidents (six, if you include Hillary). The only complaints the Steps seem to get are from politicians and personalities who are not included in the program!
“The material is updated constantly. Current examples include songs about Mitt Romney’s plea to the GOP (‘Help Me Fake It to the Right’) and President Obama’s class warfare (‘If I Tax a Rich Man’). In addition, we offer our own take on such trending topics as Secret Service indiscretions and the EU’s money woes and what to do with Greece. No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet The Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the mock in Democracy?!?”
N.C. State University Center Stage presents THE CAPITOL STEPS at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 in Stewart Theatre on the second floor of the Talley Student Center, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh, NC 27695.
TICKETS: $31-$35 ($5 N.C. State students).
BOX OFFICE: 919-515-1100 or http://www.ncsu.edu/ticketcentral/index.html.
VIDEO PREVIEWS (YouTube Channel): http://www.youtube.com/user/CapitolSteps?feature=CBoQwRs=.
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