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The Capitol Steps perform at IPFW
By Michael Summers
Fort Wayne Reader
The Capitol Steps comedy troupe start the 2004/2005 Omnibus Lecture Series at IPFW with a performance on September 14th.
The Capitol Steps political comedy troupe began in 1981 at a Christmas party in the office of former Senator Charles Percy. Like most things in Congress, they never knew when to stop. Over the past 20 years, the Capitol Steps have recorded 23 albums and appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Nightline, CNN’s Inside Politics, and dozens of times on National Public Radio. For the past 15 years, they’ve produced quarterly specials for public radio and have been featured in three national specials for public television. They’ve performed for five U.S. Presidents (six if you include Hillary.)
Many of the performers have worked on Capitol Hill, some for Republicans, some for Democrats, and some for members who sit firmly on the fence. In fact, the current cast of the Capitol Steps has at one time or another infested the offices of 11 U.S. Senators and seven members of the House of Representatives. Most of these politicians have since been defeated or placed under investigation.
The program will include selections such as the following, subject to the scandal of the day: "Son of a Bush," "You’re So Vague," "Cheney and the Jets," "Duke of Oil," "Iraq Around the Clock," "Sheik to Sheik," "The Sound of Moose-Sick," "House of the Right-Wing Son," "The Angina Monologues," "Axles of Evil," "Send in the Clones," "Lirty Dies," "Papa’s Got a Brand New Baghdad," and "Mine Every Mountain."
The show is produced by Elaina Newport and directed by Bill Strauss with lyrics by Bill Strauss, Elaina Newport, Mark Eaton, and the cast. Tonight’s case includes Brad Van Grack, Ann Johnson, Jack Rowles, Delores Williams, and Jamie Zemarel, with pianist Dave Kane.
The Wall Street Journal raves, “The troupe has become a favorite. …Its political satire brings chucklesºrave reviewsºguffawsºand bipartisan grins all around. The satire hits the mark.”