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'Perfect Crime' - NYC's Longest-Running Play - Turns 24

Perfect Crime's Catherine Russell poses with Cal Ripken, Jr. Photo courtesy of Andy Kropa.
May 2, 2011 - New York City’s longest-running play Perfect Crime, a thriller by Warren Manzi, celebrated its 24th anniversary on April 18, having played 9,818 performances since its premiere in 1987. Its leading lady, Catherine Russell, has only missed four of those 9,818 performances, a feat which recently landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Dubbed “The Cal Ripken of Broadway,” Russell has spent over two years of her life (nearly 17,000 hours) onstage. She has shot 89 different men and kissed 57 others. Almost 83,000 bullets have been fired onstage and over 5,000 prop coffee cakes have been eaten. The show has employed 237 actors during its 24-year existence.

Perfect Crime's Catherine Russell receives her certificate from Guinness Book of World Records' Laura Plunkett. Photo courtesy of John Capo Publicity.
As Perfect Crime reaches its historic 10,000th performance this September, a new set of updates is currently being implemented to modernize aspects of the production. Throughout the play’s long history, a number of changes have been made to reflect cultural shifts and advancements in technology. A reference to “The Phil Donahue Show” was changed to “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which will soon need to be changed again. An on-set tube television was replaced by a wall-hanging flat screen. A character’s net worth has been upped from $30 million to $500 million.

Perfect Crime is currently running at the Snapple Theater Center, located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway. Visit for ticket information.
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