10/09/2012 12:22 PM
BATON ROUGE – The Capitol Steps, a troupe of former – but not disgruntled – congressional staffers who travel the country satirizing the very people and places that once employed them, will perform at the LSU Union Theater on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 4:30 p.m.
The Capitol Steps perform more than 400 shows a year, covering territory from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Ore. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 18 albums, including six during the Clinton presidency.
Over the past 16 years, the Capitol Steps have been featured on three national PBS specials, "Good Morning America," "Entertainment Tonight," "NBC Nightly News" and CNN's "Inside Politics." Their song parodies have been played dozens of times on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." Along with their weekly spots on Radio America's "Dateline: Washington" and WMAL's "Stevens & Core" show, they can be heard four times a year nationwide during their "Politics Takes a Holiday" radio specials, broadcast by NPR stations nationwide.
The Capitol Steps were born in December 1981 when three staffers for Sen. Charles Percy were asked to provide entertainment for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Christmas party. The group first considered staging a traditional nativity play, but instead decided to dig into the headlines and hot topics of the day, creating new lyrics for familiar tunes. What emerged was a special brand of satirical humor that played as well in Peoria as it did on Pennsylvania Ave., and thanks to the likes of Bill Clinton, Ross Perot, Socks the Cat and Congress, has enjoyed an ever-increasing audience.
Many celebrities and politicians, some of whom have been targets themselves, have performed with the troupe including Vice President Al Gore, Sam Donaldson, Michael Dukakis, Larry King and President George Bush, to name a few. In fact, the Capitol Steps have performed for the last four presidents.
Although the Capital Steps are based in Washington, D.C., 90 percent of their performances are for out-of-town audiences.
Tickets are $36-$44 and may be purchased online at www.uniontheater.lsu.edu or by contacting the Union Theater box office at 225-578-5128, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For further information or group discount pricing, please contact Terry Serio, assistant theater director, by phone at 225-578-6013 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012