Capitol Steps bring musical beltway humor to Bothell

  • Wed Mar 7th, 2012 3:05pm
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

“Capitol Steps, Election Year 2012”: The Capitol Steps brings you satirical politics and a song. Make that several songs.

Capitol Steps is a Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters.

Over the years, they’ve produced such comic ditties as “You Can’t Hide This Biden Guy,” “Super Zealous Radicals (against all things atrocious)” and the “401(K)” song sung to the Village People tune “YMCA.”

The group began in 1981 when some Congressional staffers were planning the entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but, as the joke goes, they couldn’t find anyone in Congress who was a wise man or a virgin.

So, the staffers turned to current events and created song parodies and skits soaked in satirical humor and sparing no sacred cows.

Over the years, the Steps have persevered in their comic plight and today, though not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, they have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Capitol Steps performs at 8 tonight at Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell.

Tickets are $25 to $40. Call 425-984-2471 or go to www.npacf.org.

“First Date”: This new musical comedy gives us what we’ve all always wanted on that first date: an answer to what the other person was thinking.

This show presents two would-be lovebirds Casey, an artist, and Aaron, a Wall Street trader, who wonder: How can they know if they’re right for each other?

It’s tough to tell when old boyfriends, ex-fiances, best friends, pushy relatives and even the waiter keep offering unsolicited advice.

In a partnership with 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT Theatre presents this world premier featuring Vicki Noon, who recently finished up her run as Annie Oakley in Village Theatre’s “Annie Get Your Gun” following her national tour as Elphaba in “Wicked.”

ACT’s artistic director Kurt Beattie called this musical fun and modern and the songs quite memorable.

“First Date” opens with previews at 8 p.m. Saturday at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Shows are at various times through May 20.

Tickets start at $55. Call 206-292-7676 or go to www.acttheatre.org.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.