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.


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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

*Robert Newman will play Inspector Ascher April 29th - May 8th and May 24th - June 16th


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Grant Aleksander as Inspector Ascher

Grant Aleksander is a four time Emmy nominated actor who is best known for his long running character, Phillip Spaulding on The Guiding Light. Other daytime roles include Alec McIntyre on All My Children, and D.J. Phillips on Capitol.  Television credits also include the pilot, Dark Mansions, produced by Aaron Spelling, and guest spots on: Life on Mars, Who’s the Boss?, Hardcastle and Mccormick and The Fall Guy.  Film credits include, Fields of Freedom, Big Bad Swim and Tough Guys. Grant recently starred in the web-series Tainted Dreams which is currently airing on Amazon Prime Video. A stage actor at heart, Grant was last seen as Dirk in Mary, Mary at the Cape May Stage. Other theatrical credits include: Night at the Sullivan Theater in New York City, Mrs. Warren’s Profession at the Lenfest Center in Virginia, Wilson at the Phil Bosakowski Theater in New York City.  He also played Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, opposite his wife at the Baltimore Actors Theater. Grant, who trained at NYU School of the Arts and Circle in the Square, is also an accomplished director. He began his directing career on All My Children and then directed on As the World Turns. He has also directed several stage productions around the country. A vegetarian and dedicated animal lover, Grant lives in New York City with his wife Sherry Ramsey an attorney and author, together with their spoiled rotten rescue animals. 

*Grant Aleksander will play Inspector Ascher May 10th - May 22nd and June 17th - June 30th


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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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Dan Sharkey as Lionel McAuley

Broadway; Susan Stroman’s revival of The Music Man, Amazing Grace, The Bridges of Madison County, SpiderMan-Turn Off the Dark and ShowBoat on London’s West End. National Tours; Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, Seven Brides and Marie Osmond’s The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway; The Fantasticks, Captains Courageous, Lone Star Love, The Prince and the Pauper, Illyria and The Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge. Television; As The World Turns, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and many national commercials. Dan currently sits on the board for Amazing Place Music based in Whitefish, Montana. Enjoy the show.


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.