Friday, July 8, 2016 | midnight
Having embarked on thematic treks through the Old West, a turn-of-the-century circus and Coney Island, Melody Sweets is taking to the wilderness for her next solo show.
“Call of the Wild! Jungle Burlesque,” a night of striptease, side acts and love musical numbers, is set for midnight July 30 at the “Absinthe” Spiegeltent at Caesars Palace. Previous shows produced by Sweets, the Green Fairy character in the hit show at that tent, have included “Wild Wild West Burlesque,” “Big Top Circus and Burlesque,” and, most recently in August, “Coney Island! Burlesque at the Beach.”
Tickets are available online for $25 (general admission) and $40 (VIP) at www.melodysweets.com; tickets are also available at the door on the night of the event for $30. Keeping with the jungle tenor, all proceeds from the event will benefit the SARMOTI Foundation, founded by Siegfried & Roy and dedicated to the protection and preservation of such exotic cats as tigers, lions, cheetahs, panthers and leopards.
Sweets, whose previous shows have filled the Spiegeltent, is set to sing original songs from her 2012 release, “Burlesque in the Black,” and will be joined by such burlesque and circus mainstays as high-wire artist Lijana Wallenda and Her Wire Walking Wonders, Andrew Adams and Will Howard (both of whom have performed in The Frat Pack high-wire act in “Absinthe”); Scotty the Blue Bunny, 2015 Miss Exotic World titlist Trixie Little; the crossbow act Mr. & Mrs. G; former “Zumanity” cast member and current Baobab Stage at Town Square proprietor Wassa Coulibaly; and King of Burlesque Captain Kidd.
Customarily, Sweets’ backing band is stocked with top Vegas players: Music Director and sax man Eric Plante of “O,” guitarist Steven Lee of the Donny & Marie show at Flamingo Las Vegas; David Perrico of Pop Strings and Pop Evolution; drummer Mike “Beans” Benigno of “MJ Live” at the Stratosphere; bassist Del Cheetah of Criss Angel’s “Mindfreak Live!” at Luxor; and and Gabriel Falcon of Donny & Marie and also Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns.
If form holds, and we expect it to, the night should be a whole thing, bordering on epic, at the Spiegeltent. As Sweets promises, the show is to be “filled with intoxicating performances, special surprises and untamed fun.” And that’s just the pre-party …