Aug. 12, 2008
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Political satire group 'Capitol Steps' invades SRU Sept. 12
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Capitol Steps, the comedy group that pokes fun at Washington, D.C., culture and politicians, will perform a combination of songs and skits Sept. 12 in Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now for the 7:30 p.m. show, the first in the University's 2008-2009 Performing Art Series.
Capitol Steps updates its material to reflect current events and politicians in the spotlight. Its set includes "Flock Around Barack" to the tune of "Rock Around the Clock" and songs from its new recording "One Bush, Two Bush, Old Bush, New Bush."
U.S. Senate staffers formed Capitol Steps in 1981. The current group, taken together, has worked at 18 congressional offices for a collective 62 years on The Hill.
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."
The 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.
SRU's Performing Arts Series includes three other offerings for which subscriptions are available. The Four Freshmen, a four-part harmony group, will perform Dec. 6, followed by a musical tribute to folk legend Woody Guthrie by Pastures of Plenty Feb. 6 and an appearance by Dublin's Traditional Irish Cabaret March 21.
An added attraction - not part of the series but offered for families - is the musical "If You Give a Pig a Pancake and Other Story Books" May 15. The musical combines eight children's stories into one extraordinary performance.
Tickets for Capitol Steps are $22 for adults, $20 for those 62 or older and 17 and younger, and $8 for SRU students. Call 724.738.2091.
Subscriptions for the four shows are $70 for adults, $64 for those 62 and older and 17 and under, and $28 for SRU students. Orders are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individual tickets for the other shows will go on sale Sept. 22.
SRU launched the Performing Arts Series four years ago to bring accessible, top-quality arts entertainment to the region.
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