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Gary Busey to Make Off-Broadway Debut in Long Running Play PERFECT CRIME

Academy Award & Golden Globe Nominated and BAFTA Award Winning Actor Gary Busey will star on stage next month, joining the cast of the longest running Off Broadway play in NYC history, the murder mystery PERFECT CRIME. Mr. Busey will step into the funny, romantic thriller to take on the role of Lionel McAuley, a brilliant, charismatic serial killer for a limited two-week engagement, November 21st to December 4th at The Theater Center, 1627 Broadway.

Most recently seen in Sharknado, From Dusk Till Dawn, the television show and Dancing With the Stars,Mr. Busey is famously known for the lead role in The Buddy Holly Story, which garnered him critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in 1978. Busey was also the last player to die on Gunsmoke when the show ended its 18-year run. His pivotal performance as the villain in Lethal Weapon earned him the attention of a new generation. In December 1988, he suffered a near fatal motorcycle accident which left him comatose for one and a half months. After regaining consciousness and with the help of his family, he re-learned how to eat, walk and speak. Immediately after his recovery, he began working again, on the cult classic Point Break - a testament to his tenacity, passion, and love of his craft. In the 1990s, he worked closely with then President Bill Clinton, in creating language for the "Traumatic Brain Injury Act." This significant Act was instrumental in passing the Helmet Law in California. He has appeared in over 150 films spanning four decades, including the memorable iconic classics Under Siege and The Firm and the upcoming film Candiland to be released in December. In 2012 after his son Luke was afflicted with Kawasaki Disease, he started the Busey Foundation.Org for children's Kawasaki Disease to raise awareness of this rare and dangerous ailment, with the goal of helping families in need.

PERFECT CRIME is the Off-Broadway 'whodunit' that New York Magazine calls "a true New York murder mystery" and the New York Times calls "a crackling thriller." It is the only NYC play to reach a record breaking 30 years - making it the longest running play in NYC history.

The perfect show for Law & Order and CSI fans, PERFECT CRIME is a funny, romantic thriller about a psychiatrist who seems to have killed her rich husband (until he shows up very much alive); the detective who is trying to solve the supposed murder while falling in love with the primary suspect and psychiatrist's charming but troubled patient who seems to have killed a few people himself. There are Agatha Christie-like twists and turns in the plot and there's an "answer key" for audience members to review after the show if they are still trying to figure out what happened and how.

Mr. Busey will star opposite Catherine Russell, a Guinness Book World Record holder for having never missed a performance in the show's 30-year history. Since PERFECT CRIME opened in 1987, Ms. Russell has spent over 2.7 years of her life (nearly 24,000 hours) onstage. She has shot 93 different men and kissed 62 others. Nearly 108,000 bullets have been fired onstage and over 6,000 prop coffee cakes have been eaten. The show has employed 245 actors during its three decades long existence.

Armand Hyatt, Executive Producer of PERFECT CRIME says Busey is an ideal choice for Lionel. "Our Playwright Warren Manzi who died earlier this year would have been so thrilled that Gary is playing Lionel McAuley - it's perfect casting."

The cast of PERFECT CRIME also features Richard Shoberg (known best for his Emmy Nominated performance as Tom Cudahy on ABC's All My Children), Hugh Hysell, David Butler and Patrick Robustelli.

Tickets for PERFECT CRIME are available by calling the box office at (212) 921-7862 or online

PERFECT CRIME plays at The Anne L. Bernstein in The Theater Center at 210 West 50th Street on the corner of 50th Street and Broadway. THE FANTASTICKS plays at the Jerry Orbach Theater in the Theater Center at the same location.
Twitter: @perfectcrimenyc

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