Politics as usual at the Paramount tonight
By Courtney Parker
Correspondent | February 01,2013
A publicity photo shows the cast of Capitol Steps, a political satire troupe performing at the Paramount Theatre.
The Paramount Theatre will be filled with music, humor and laughter tonight as the political satire group Capitol Steps takes the stage for a comic performance at 8 p.m.
Originally made up of former Capitol Hill staffers, the ensemble set out with a goal to satirize the very people and places that once employed them.
The group, which started in 1981, has been performing musical parodies for audiences across America for more than 30 years and has become known for its witty interpretation of the ever-changing world of politics.
Although not all current members of the Steps are former congressional staffers, together they have worked in a total of 18 congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.
Audiences can expect to experience the Steps’ unique blend of classical music and political comedy through a wide range of original songs and skits inspired by true election events.
Past performances have been unique in content, highlighting the political scandals of the week.
Capitol Steps has been featured on five annual National Public Radio Broadcasts and have performed for the last five presidents.
“Having just wrapped up a contentious, exciting election year, this is the perfect time to bring this group back to our community,” said Eric Mallette, programming director for the Paramount.
He added that the group does a great job of parodying both political parties.
“I can only imagine they will come armed with a whole lot of new material,” Mallette said.
Tickets for the Capitol Steps may be purchased in advance at the Paramount Theatre box office or at www.paramountlive.org.