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Sunrise reporter Nelson Aspen stars in own cabaret show

Sunrise reporter Nelson Aspen stars in own cabaret show
29 Apr

THEY say everyone is Hollywood is waiting for their “close up”.

It turns out Sunrise’s resident entertainment reporter Nelson Aspen is no different.

While Australians will know him as a regular of breakfast television for the past 15 years, it seems Aspen can also match it in the talent department with many of the stars he interviews.

The 54-year-old recently performed his new cabaret show Just in Time in New York to sold out crowds.

Asked to describe the show, Aspen told News Corp Australia it is like “Harry Connick Jr meets the Bee Gees.”

“Imagine going to Studio 54 for a dinner party with Irving Berlin, Julie Andrews, Barbara Eden, Harry Connick Jr and The Captain & Tennille!” he said.

Aspen, who has performed in Australia at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and the Sydney Opera House, will be taking his cabaret show to Los Angeles for one-night only on June 21.

He said eagle-eyed Sunrise viewers will have seen him belting out a tune a few times over the years.

“People are often surprised when they find out I sing but I have sung on Sunrise over the years, including with Simon Reeve,” Aspen told News Corp Australia. “I have even sung with Hugh Jackman before at a friend’s wedding.”

Aspen says that he would happily bring his cabaret show Down Under.

“I just need an offer,” he quips. “In fact, I would dig doing something like Cameron Daddo has done with the Australian tour of The Sound of Music. I seem to remember the supporting role of Max, which I would be well suited for. If they won’t give me Max, I am willing to play the Baroness.”

Aspen’s cabaret show often includes guest stars and broadway greats, including Anita Gillette, who starred alongside Ethel Merman in the original Broadway production of Gypsy.

“The fact that I am one degree away from Ethel Merman in Gypsy does not go unnoticed in my book of blessings,” he said.

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Aspen said despite his foray into cabaret, don’t expect him to disappear from Sunrise anytime soon.

“I will be a part of Sunrise for as long as they will have me,” he said. “I think part of the reason I have lasted for 15 years on Sunrise is because I don’t get down in the mud. I am not a mudslinger. That is not what most Sunrise viewers want to see while they are having their breakfast.”


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