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 Political Satirists 'Capitol Steps' to Perform at SRU April 1 in ING Series 



March 7, 2006

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- No Washington, D.C., government figure will be safe from teasing when the comedy troupe Capitol Steps performs a combination of songs and skits April 1 at Slippery Rock University as part of SRU’s ING Performing Arts Series.

Over the past 25 years, the musical satire group has recorded 25 albums, appeared on “Good Morning American,” “The Today Show,” “20/20,” “Entertainment Tonight, “CNN’s Inside Politics” and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” They’ve performed for five U.S. presidents, six if you include Hillary (example of its humor).

SRU’s show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Miller Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for those over 62 or older or 17 and under and $7 for SRU students. Limited seating is still available. Call 724-738-2091.

About Capitol Steps

U.S. Senate staffers formed Capitol Steps in 1981 as a means for poking fun at the people and places of Washington, D.C. The current group, taken together, has worked at 18 congressional offices for a collective 62 years on The Hill.

 Although its latest album is titled “Four More Years in the Bush Leagues,” the group’s Web site describes its humor as non-partisan, such as: "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."

           Many of its songs are lyrical parodies of hits such as Elton John’s “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart.” Capitol Steps performs it as a barb against President Bush called “Don’t Go Fakin You’re Smart.” To parody John Kerry, the group sang, “I’ve Taken Stands on Both Sides Now.”

The group updates its material constantly to reflect current events. The group performs nationwide, always with at least five singers.

SRU launched the ING Performing Arts Series last fall to offer arts entertainment for the whole region. Rockapella, composer Marvin Hamlisch and the Nai Ni Chen Dance Co. have appeared.

           Theatreworks USA’s production of the Junie B. Jones series of books by Barbara Parks will offer a performance May 19 at SRU. Clever design sets, assorted styles of original music, and spirited cast members are hallmarks of this production for children.

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