Russell, who is the general manager and star of Perfect Crime, has performed the role of psychiatrist Margaret Thorne Brent consistently for 8,963 performances since the work debuted Off-Broadway April 18, 1987. Russell has only missed four performances during the run, and also serves as the general manager of the Snapple Theatre Center where Perfect Crime currently plays.
"Catherine's world-class achievement is without question truly historic," said Danny Girton, Jr, adjudications executive at Guinness World Records, in a statement.
Russell's formal induction into the Guinness Book of World Records will take place following the 8 PM performance of Perfect Crime on April 18. The performance also marks the 22nd anniversary of the play, which stands as the longest-running play in the history of New York theatre. All ticket holders for the 8 PM performance are invited to attend the after-party and induction.
Perfect Crime, written by Warren Manzi and directed by Jeffrey Hyatt, "tells the story of Margaret Brent, an accomplished Connecticut psychiatrist and potential cold-blooded killer. When her wealthy husband turns up dead, she gets caught in the middle of a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a deranged patient and the handsome but duplicitous investigator assigned to the case. As the clock ticks to the final chilling revelation, a mounting set of secrets and indiscretions leads to a shocking turns of events. Did Margaret Brent commit 'the perfect crime?'"
Tickets for Perfect Crime can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com or by calling (212) 307-4100. The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.