Cast

Catherine Russell as Margaret Brent

Catherine Russell, dubbed the "Cal Ripken of Broadway" by People Magazine, originated the role of Margaret Brent and has played every performance but four since the play opened in April of 1987 which recently earned her a spot in the Guinness World Records.

She debuted Off-Broadway in 1980 as Nicola Davies in Stephen Poliakoff's City Sugar and has also appeared Off-Broadway in Miss Shumann's Quartet, A Resounding Twinkle, The Award And Other Plays and Creeps. She has also appeared in New York as Masha in Three Sisters, Rose in Incommunicado, Edie in The Lunch Girls, Missy in Home On The Range, and Cathy Cakes in Inserts. While performing in Perfect Crime, she has also managed to appear on-stage (after 10:30pm or on her nights off) in The Queen of the Parting Shot, Pas de Deux, Stages, I'll See You In Hell, Guardian Star and, most recently, Some Enchanted Evening as well as several films including Soundman and Remedy.

She teaches acting at NYU, is the General Manager of the Theater, and is also one of the executive producers of The Fantasticks, playing downstairs in the Jerry Orbach Theater. She dedicates her performances to the memory of her beloved dog Clementine, who, like her "mother" almost never missed a performance of Perfect Crime.


Robert Newman as Inspector Ascher

Robert Newman is best known for his 28-year run as Joshua Lewis on the longest running program in broadcasting history, Guiding Light. The role garnered him 2 Daytime Emmy nomina­tions for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He has recently guest starred on Chicago Fire, Homeland, Criminal Minds, NCIS, and Law and Order: SVU.  Film credits include Amazing Spider-Man 2, Dracano, and the short film Deadline, which earned him the Best Actor award at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in 2015.

 Off-Broadway Credits include: Perfect Crime, She’s of a Certain Age, Sessions: the Musical, and Quiet on the Set.  Regional credits include: The world premiere of Naked Influence at Capitol Rep in Albany, Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together at Delaware Theatre Company, Other Desert Cities at Cape May Stage; Man of La Mancha and Gypsy (with Tovah Feldshuh) at BRT; Love Letters, Fiddler on the Roof, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Deathtrap, Peter Pan, Shenandoah, and Man Of La Mancha at the Barn Theatre; Curtains at Paper Mill Playhouse and TUTS; Annie at NCT; Nine at NSMT; Gypsy (with Kim Zimmer), A Little Night Music and The Full Monty at PCLO. Other stage credits include Picnic, Barefoot in the Park, Romantic Comedy, Sylvia (which he also di­rected), and The Glass Menagerie.


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David Butler as W. Harrison Brent

David Butler has performed for many years in film, television and on New York and regional stages. Some theater productions include Criminal Hearts at Stamford Theatre Works; American Buffalo, Talk Radio, Glengarry Glen Ross and Fool for Love at The New City Theater; Burn This, Speed the Plow and Habitation of Dragons, written and directed by Horton Foote, at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, among many others. He has also helped develop a variety of new and original works, including The Woodsman at The Actors Studio Theater; Dead Father’s Club at the Performing Garage and The Einstein Project at Theatre of the First Amendment in Washington DC. Television credits include Law and Order; America’s Most Wanted; Law and Order: Criminal Intent; Third Watch; National Lampoon’s Seven Deadly Sins: Thy Neighbor’s Wife, directed by Denis Leary, and appearances on several soaps, including One Life to Live and Days of our Lives. Film credits include The Professional, Cop Land, New Jersey Drive, Night and the City, Silence of the Lambs; Night of the Living Dead, The Dark Half, and the original Dawn of the Dead – all directed by George Romero. Special Thanks to Warren.


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Hugh Hysell as Lionel McAuley

This season Hugh can be seen on TV in HBO's new series Divorce (with Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Hayden Church) and TLC's Suddenly Rich. Recent New York stage credits include More Than All The World-The Epic Musical (Theater for the New City), My Big Gay Italian Wedding / Funeral (St. Luke’s), Crude The Musical (NYMF 2016) and Villain De Blanks (54 Below). Hugh has performed in every state in the USA with tour credits including The Phantom of the Opera, Pippin, Pirates of Penzance, and The Fantasticks.. Favorite regional credits include Tintypes (7 Angels), Greater Tuna (Encore Stages), Buddy (Gateway), Man of La Mancha (Jupiter Theater), and A Christmas Carol (Hippodrome). Hugh is a Tony Award winning Broadway producer and his producing projects have included Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Peter and the Starcatcher and others. Hugh is also an award winning theatrical marketer and president of TheMenEvent.com. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards.

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Patrick Robustelli as David Breuer

Robustelli appears on video tape in Perfect Crime, but he has been working on Broadway since he was fifteen years old selling orange juice and lemonade at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. He then moved next door to the Edison Hotel where he performed behind the desk for 24 years. Recently he appeared as Tom's voice in the Off Broadway play Guardian Star and is looking forward to actually appearing on-stage in person in his next show. He is dedicating his performance to the memory of his mother Helen, who worked on Broadway for fifty years as head usherette at the Royale Theatre.