Toast to 2018 with The Capitol Steps at the Nazareth College Arts Center

Politically based satire troupe returns for two shows on New Year's Eve

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ROCHESTER, NY (12/16/2017) The Nazareth College Arts Center is proud to present The Capitol Steps on Sunday December 31, 2017 at 2 and 6:30 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. This is the troupe's 23rd annual performance at the Arts Center, making it one of Rochester's favorite New Year's Eve traditions. The Capitol Steps have elevated political satire to an art form. It doesn't matter if you're a Republican or Democrat: neither side is safe from the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy!

The Capitol Steps return to the Arts Center for a New Year's Eve tradition of politically based satire ripped from current headlines! Now in its 36th year, the troupe has recorded an album a year, including its latest, Orange is the new Barack, whose spoofs include "Hey Mr. Tangerine Man," "Oops, I Tweeted Again," "Don't Think Twice, It's Alt-Right", and "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea?"

The celebrated comedy troupe was founded in 1981 by a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the people and places that employed them by setting politics and scandals to popular music. The troupe is also adamantly bi-partisan. Says founding member Elaina Newport, "Typically the Republicans goof up, and the Democrats party. Then the Democrats goof up and the Republicans party. That's what we call the two-party system."

The Capitol Steps have performed for the last five Presidents, won four awards for Best Cabaret/Musical Theatre from the Washington Area Music Association, been named "Best Live Theater" by the Washington Post Readers' Choice Awards, won a WUSA-TV A-List Award for "Best Comedy Club," and been named "Best Place to Take an Out of Towner" in two Washington City Paper Reader Polls. The troupe has also been nominated for a prestigious Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics, have been featured numerous times on prime-time TV, and can be heard nationwide four times each year on their National Public Radio specials, Politics Takes a Holiday.

Single tickets to The Capitol Steps are $60-$75. For tickets call - or visit - the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online: The Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office is located on campus at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m. until curtain time on performance days.

The Nazareth College Arts Center is a non-profit institution whose series sponsors are The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation and M&T Bank. The Capitol Steps is sponsored by Jim and Flower Leo and Margaret R. Colacino.

Since 1967, the NAZARETH COLLEGE ARTS CENTER has served as a venue and educational resource for students, educators, artists, and audiences of all ages to create, study, and experience the visual and performing arts. The Arts Center's subscription series and K-12 school performance series provide area residents of all ages with opportunities to experience world-class dance, multi-cultural entertainment, family programming, music, theatre, and special events. The Departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance present exceptional productions, recitals, and exhibitions, which are open to the public, while preparing students for successful careers in arts-related fields. The Nazareth College Arts Center is the performance home of the Rochester City Ballet and world-renowned Garth Fagan Dance; and is home to the Bach Children's Chorus.

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