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Photos: Melody Sweets of ‘Absinthe’ plays it cool in ‘MDQ’ rockabilly session


L.E. Baskow

Melody Sweets sings “My Boy Elvis” as a guest star in “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Melody Sweets Sings With ‘MDQ’

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As she walked offstage, Melody Sweets waved her hand as if to cool off. The crowd laughed at that, as the latest guest star to join “Million Dollar Quartet” upped the temp with a take on “My Boy Elvis,” closing tonight’s performance at Harrah’s.

The Green Fairy in “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, which recently celebrated its 1,500th show and third anniversary at Roman Plaza, Sweets was the latest in a line of guest stars invited to take part in “MDQ.” She follows Taylor Hicks (who has closed out his run at Napoleon’s at Paris Las Vegas), Veronic DiCaire of Bally’s, Frankie Moreno of the Stratosphere, Holly Madison (now of 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque at Mandalay Bay) and Pia Zadora of Piero’s.

Sweets picked the 1956 rockabilly track from Janis Martin, the year matching the time frame of the event when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins were at Sam Phillips’ Sun Studios on the night of Dec. 4.

As is customary, Sweets took the stage at the tail end of the show, introduced by Marc C. Donovan after the “fantasy” concert by the four principals: Jerry Lee Lewis (Martin Kaye), Carl Perkins (Rob Lyons), Elvis Presley (Justin Shandor) and Johnny Cash (Ben Hale). Tonight’s lead female role of Dyanne was performed by Felice Garcia, filling out one of the great casts on the Strip.

Sweets says she was eager to join the show for a night for one overriding reason: “Because I get to sing with Elvis.” And so it was.

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