Washington, D.C.-based political satire troupe The Capitol Steps will shut down after nearly four decades, the group announced Wednesday, citing the coronavirus pandemic’s shutdown of most live performance spaces.
“Like many in the entertainment business, we simply weren’t built to survive going a year or more without live performances,” the group said in a statement Wednesday. “On the bright side, when we first started as a Senate office Christmas party, we never imagined we would travel the country and perform for 39 years! It’s been a fun ride!”
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— Capitol Steps (@Capsteps) January 13, 2021
The group originally comprised five Republican Senate committee staffers, later expanding to include Democratic staffers. In 1984, they became a professional group after the defeat of Sen. Charles Percy (R-Ill.), who chaired the subcommittee founding members Bill Strauss and Elaina Newport worked for.
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