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 Quarted, 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 onstage (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.