Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 2 a.m.
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.
Just as distinctive as it's famous neighbors Caesar's Palace and The Venetian, Harrah's Las Vegas has been entertaining guests since 1973. The 87,700-square foot casino is filled with 1,520 slot machines and 107 gaming tables. Outside the casino, guests are able to experience fun in a street-fair atmosphere at the Carnival Court, an outdoor lounge with live entertainment (including the bartenders), food stands and outdoor shops.
At Harrah's comedy is King, and that has never been more apparent then the comedy acts of Rita Rudner, the Mac King Comedy Magic Show and the Improv Comedy Club. After the show, guests are more than welcome to laugh at their friends at The Piano Bar, famous for its dueling pianos and karaoke. Most recently, Harrah's added tribute show "Legends in Concert" to its list of entertainment.
Restaurants like Ming's offers Asian cuisine, while Ruth's Chris Steak House offers guests fine steaks and fresh seafood. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar is a country-themed bar with a restaurant, live music and the occasional appearance from Keith himself.
Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.