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In her one-off Vegas show, Melody Sweets blends burlesque and the circus

Last updated: June 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Shows. Comments Off on In her one-off Vegas show, Melody Sweets blends burlesque and the circus.

Melody Sweets Burlesque entertainer Big Top Circus and Burlesque

She’s known to fans of the Las Vegas show “Absinthe” as the alluring Green Fairy, one of the many colorful performers in the raunchy, hilarious, adults-only spectacle at Caesars Palace. But on June 26, Melody Sweets will be the ringmaster for her very own production beneath the big white tent outside Caesars Palace, “Big Top Circus and Burlesque.”

The one-night-only, 18-over show will celebrate the sexy side of circus with a bevy of performances from both Sweets and some of Las Vegas’ most talented artists. The varied lineup includes performers from Cirque du Soleil, “Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas” and, of course, “Absinthe,” with all proceeds benefiting the UNLV College of Fine Arts. Tickets are available at MelodySweets.com.

The show begins at midnight, but true to the “big top” theme, the revelry begins before the doors open, with circus-inspired antics happening in the courtyard—including face painting by artists from Skin City Body Painting. Once inside, those in attendance will be treated to a circus spectacular featuring never-before-seen acts.

“Everyone who’s involved is doing something completely new and created specifically for the show,” says Sweets.

For example, “Absinthe”’s acrobatic Duo Fevrier is creating a new routine, with new costumes, music, choreography and tricks. Burlesque performer and Miss Exotic World 2004 Dirty Martini will be doing a circus-themed ballet number, 2014 King of Burlesque Mr. Gorgeous will shoot himself out of a cannon, and cast members from “Divas Las Vegas” will be performing a group dance number.

“I’m not sure if they realize what they’ve gotten themselves into,” Sweets says.

Sweets will perform a number of songs from her 2013 debut album, “Burlesque in the Black,” as well as covers of hits from such artists as Lady Gaga and Jack White, though with an appropriately thematic twist. “We’re going to arrange and make it all circus-style,” Sweets says.

Live music for “Big Top Circus and Burlesque” is being provided by an all-star band led by musical director Eric Plante of “O by Cirque du Soleil,” including David Perrico of Pop Evolution, Steven Lee of “Donny & Marie,” Mike Benigno of “MJ Live!” and Ginger Bruner of Killian’s Angels.

Sweets is actually working with Plante and Perrico on an entire album of cover songs, tentatively titled “Covered in Sweets.” And she already has another one-off production show planned for August, although she won’t say just what will be the theme yet, but like “Big Top Circus and Burlesque” and her other shows “Wild Wild West Burlesque” and “XXXmas – A Burlesque Spectacular,” it will benefit a local nonprofit.

“I’m really lucky to have such an amazing community of artists,” Sweets says. “I get to surround myself with these amazing people. It’s inspiring.”

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