Capitol Steps plan a visit to Wilton

The evening will be filled with political satire and comedy as the Wilton League of Women Voters brings the Capitol Steps to the Clune Center on Friday, April 5, at 7:30.

The group, which proudly displays its motto We put the MOCK in Democracy, will bring a revue that roast both sides of the aisle and more.

Some recent numbers include Gay Dream Believer, Tribute to Hillary, and Pope’s First Tweet.

The Capitol Steps, which can be seen regularly at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, and heard on special NPR broadcasts, got its start in December 1981. According to the group’s website, they got their start when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, “but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin.” So, they tapped the headlines of the day, creating song parodies and skits with a special brand of satirical humor.

The group’s popularity grew and not all of the current members are former Capitol Hill staffers. Nevertheless, taken together the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Take the Money and Run — for President. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

The Capitol Steps do not use any profanity in their routines. However, they say “according to the scandal of the day, some songs/subjects/routines may include suggested innuendo.”

Tickets for their Wilton appearance are $30 for League of Women Voters members and $35 for general admission. Those willing to risk waiting until the night of the show will pay $40 at the door if any seats are remaining.

Send checks made out to Wilton LWV to P.O. Box 71, Wilton CT 06897.