The Klein Auditorium Welcomes Back Political Satire Troop, The Capital Steps

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October 27th, The Klein Welcomes Back the Capital Steps Who Put the Mock in Democracy!

Thirty-one years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom "Don't quit your day job!", and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, the performers have together worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

The Capitol Steps were born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan was President when the Steps began, so co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers! 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 decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Capitol Steps are based in Washington, DC, however, most of their shows are out-of-town or for out-of-town audiences, whether it's the National Welding Supply Association, university audiences, high schools, or state legislators. In fact, the Capitol Steps have performed for the last 5 Presidents. The only complaints the Steps seem to get are from politicians and personalities who are not included in the program!

This year The Klein is ecstatic to welcome back the Steps to Fairfield County right during the final days leading up to this presidential election. But they’re not the only ones! Since their last appearance at The Klein before the 2008 election, the Capitol Steps have been working harder than any senator with coming up with great new material for this upcoming tour. With having recorded over 32 albums, including their latest, Take the Money and Run for President! and their special holiday release, Barackin' Around the Christmas Tree, the Capital Steps have been on a roll being featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS (Yes that PBS) and have been heard on National Public Radio stations nationwide.

On this tour stop fans can expect a night of great material from old gems to new skits and songs including Mitt Romney's plea to the GOP ("Help Me Fake It to the Right") and President Obama's class warfare ("If I Tax a Rich Man"). In addition, we offer our own take on such trending topics as Secret Service indiscretions and the EU's money woes and what to do with Greece. No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy?!

Date: Saturday, October 27th
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Venue: StageOne 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605
Concert Tickets: $25-$45 advance, Member Discount: $3 Buy tickets: Box Office:203.259.1036 or buy online:

FTC on the Horizon: Live Entertainment to Watch Out For in Fairfield County

Sun., Oct 28 @ StageOne: Melvin Seals – psychedelic musical journey that keeps audiences dancing with mixing rock, gospel, soul-rhythm & blues with a touch of funk.

Thu., Nov 1 @ The Klein: Royal Family Ball Ft. Lettuce &Soulive-danceable, organ-driven instrumental groove-jazz fusing the soul-jazz of the past with a modern hip-hop feel.

Thu., Nov 8 @ The Klein: Little Feat & Leon Russell-Slick rock 'n' roll delivered with a surreal, rollicking, West Coast swerve that touches amongst blues, rock, gospel, and bluegrass.

About the company:
Fairfield Theatre Company is a highly-acclaimed nonprofit performing arts organization located in the heart of downtown Fairfield, Connecticut. FTC presents nearly 200 performances and concerts each year featuring outstanding national talent on FTC’s concert venues StageOne in Fairfield and at The Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport. FTC’s intimate 200-seat StageOne venue is widely recognized as being one of the best places to see a live performance in the region. FTC is dedicated to providing the highest quality arts, live music, entertainment, and educational experiences to the communities we serve in Fairfield County. For more information, please visit their website at

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