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Felice Garcia cries it out in ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Harrah’s

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Steve Marcus

Felice Garcia as Dyanne and Justin Shandor as Elvis Presley perform during “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

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Audience members at Sunday night’s performance of “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s may have been wondering why Dyanne was all weepy at the end of the show. That’s because the performer playing the role was ending her run in the show.

Felice Garcia, an original member of the Las Vegas cast dating to the show’s premiere in February 2013, is headed to Southern California to pursue her solo recording career. A few months ago, Garcia signed with Pacific Records, an independent label and studio based in San Diego, and plans a full-length album this year.

I first saw Garcia sing in another sendoff experience, the final performance of “Folies Bergere” at Tropicana in March 2009 (and here is a fun account of that night). She also has performed in a vast and disparate collection of shows in town, including iCandy Burlesque at Saxe Theater, “Fantasy” at Luxor and “American Superstars” at Stratosphere (where she played the Christina Aguilera role).

More recently, she played Betty Boop in “Limelight” at Plaza and last fall headlined a show titled “Country Diva” at Don Laughlin’s fabulous Riverside hotel-casino.

In her finale, Garcia again gave a full-force performance with castmates Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis, Ben Hale as Johnny Cash, Justin Shandor as Elvis and the forever groovy Rob Lyons as Carl Perkins.

She surpassed 700 performances in January, when she was originally set to leave the show, but stayed on a few extra weeks as the singer stepping into the role of Dyanne, Kristen Hertzenberg, needed vocal rest before taking over this week.

After the show, Garcia and members of the cast hit Don’t Tell Mama on Fremont East (where dreams come true) and sang the Britney Spears anthem “Oops…I Did It Again” and “Gunpowder and Lead” by Miranda Lambert.

As always, Dyanne rocked it.

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