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Absinthe’s Melody Sweets Brings Her Saccharine Striptease Downtown

From previous columns, you all might have guessed that I have a sweet tooth. With that in mind, I’m here to share my excitement for October 11, when Absinthe’s Melody Sweets will temporarily shed her Green Fairy wings to take over Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center with her new production, The Sweets’ Spot.

Melody, doubtless one of the hardest-working women on the Strip, is bringing the sugary cabaret flavor of her previous show, The Sweets’ Shop, which she produced and headlined at Duane Park, named New York’s “Classiest Burlesque Joint” by Time Out in 2012. Sweets’ Shop was wildly successful before Melody left the Big Apple to join Absinthe in Las Vegas.

Those who have seen Melody’s late-night, one-off shows in the Spiegeltent at Caesars Palace likely would expect to see the best and wildest in showbiz, as she flies in cabaret royalty from all over the world for these productions. But with The Sweets’ Spot, she’s branching away from the Caesars show to bring old-school New York supper-club class to Sin City with burlesque, variety and vaudeville—and this time the show will exclusively feature Vegas-based performers.

Expect to see local burlesque queens Ms. Redd, Kalani Kokonuts, Buttercup, and my Showgirl Shackmate and Sista-From-Anotha-Mista Kitschy Koo as the “Glamour Kitten.” The show will also feature comedy magician Mac King—but please note that while there almost certainly will be plaid involved, no goldfish will be eaten during this performance.

This show is especially exciting for Melody and her musical director, Emmy-nominated Lon Bronson, as they’ll be debuting a smattering of tracks from Melody’s upcoming album, which is currently in production at Downtown’s 11th Street Records. The record, which is expected to be released in spring, is a big-band celebration of Melody’s favorite things: sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll and … CANDY. Expect big horn sections playing fun-as-hell covers of rock anthems, as well as some original songs (which Melody hopes folks will love to strip to).

Personally, I don’t think there’s anything to worry about on that count! Songs from Melody’s debut album, Burlesque in the Black, are already staples among the burlesque and drag communities (check out a performance by RuPaul’s Drag Race star Violet Chachki on YouTube). Also, in my kitchen around Christmas last year—just after the release of Melody’s “Santa, Maybe”—my cat, dog and neighbors got quite a show one day …

The first single slated to be released from Melody’s new album, a cover of Alice Cooper’s “Is It My Body,” will debut at The Sweets’ Spot, as well as a song called “Sugar Daddy,” which, according to Melody, was written by Charlie Midnight, who wrote the second track featured in the movie Burlesque starring Cher and Christina Aguilera. Very exciting stuff!

So from a newly healthy me, I hope you all have a great week, and from Melody Sweets: “I’ll see you at The Sweets’ Spot!”

Tickets to the show are now available (but going fast) at And don’t forget to follow Melody on Instagram @melodysweetsofficial for updates on what will hopefully become a regular event at The Smith Center (plus boobs, shoes and sparkle). 

See Charlie Starling in Absinthe, twice nightly in  the Spiegeltent at Caesars Palace, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wed-Sun. Visit for tickets. Follow her on Twitter: @charlistarling