Pokin’ fun at politics
Beaver Creek – Working under the motto “we put the MOCK in democracy,” Capitol Steps return to the Beaver Creek tonight with their parodies, skits and satirical songs spoofing all things political in America. They take the Vilar Center stage at 7:30 p.m. This group of political humorists was born in December 1981 when, inspired by incumbent president and one-time Hollywood actor Richard Nixon, a group of Senate staffers determined that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers. The Washington D.C.-based troupe has recorded 26 albums to date, including their latest, “I’m So Indicted.” They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS. Most cast members have worked on Capitol Hill – some for Democrats, some for Republicans and others for politicians who firmly straddle the fence.
“Typically the Republicans goof up, and the Democrats party. Then the Democrats goof up and the Republicans party,” co-founder Elaina Newport said. “That’s what we call the two-party system.”The cast members draw on popular songs and show tunes as they set their sights on, among other topics, women in Congress, the Scooter Libby scandal, the economy, the far right, airport security, pop stars and cloning. The troupe’s material is updated constantly, whether to include George Bush’s latest malapropism, in “Don’t Go Fakin’ You’re Smart” (to Elton John’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”) or Bill Clinton’s “Clinton’s Libido Loco” (to Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca”). Tickets are $45 and are available through the Vilar Center Box Office at 845-TIXS (8497) or vilarcenter.org. The Vilar Center is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.