Melanie Mitchell In as Guest Star for Nelson Aspen's October 9 NYC Performance

Melanie Mitchell
"Today, the role of Colleen Zenk will be played by Melanie Mitchell." Well, not really, but busy As the World Turns fan favorite Colleen Zenk has had cancel her guest-spot at Nelson Aspen's October 9th Cabaret performance at Don't Tell Mama, and another of Nelson's fab friends will be stepping up to the plate for a star-turn.

Melanie Mitchell, with whom Nelson first worked in early 1980s musical theater (see pic), is a sought after voice over and commercial artist (you see her a thousand times a day celebrating her lower Cholesterol numbers in a Pharmaceutical ad for Crestor!) who has an extensive Off-Broadway and regional theatre resume with starring roles in shows like "Promises Promises," "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Cabaret" and "Bells Are Ringing." Her perfect soprano voice shone in popular 'girl groups' like "The Girls Next Store," "The Secrets" and as one of the original members of "The Taffetas."

Melanie Mitchell and Nelson Aspen
In addition to providing various voices on the animated hit The Simpsons, Melanie was a recurring player in David Letterman's late night comedy troupe and popped up often as a Day Player on As the World Turns and Another World, usually taunting the heroine-of-the-moment. She's much sweeter in person as audiences will discover on October 9.

Nelson's October 2 opening night show with guest star Anita Gillette is now wait-listed and a few seats are left for October 9 and 16, so hurry and make your reservations soon for these performances. Famous faces, exclusive behind the scenes stories, comedy and music are all part of the fun as Nelson reflects on 30 years as a showbiz industry insider.

Zenk, who just finished a hugely successful run as Polly in a Nantucket production of "Other Desert Cities" will continue the role in a new Hudson Stage Company production of the show from October 16-31. Buy tickets for that here.

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