Busey in off-Broad­way show

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LIFE - By Mark Kennedy AP En­ter­tain­ment Writer

Gary Busey will make his New York stage de­but next month in the off-Broad­way show “Per­fect Crime,” play­ing a se­rial killer in the cast of the long­est-run­ning play in city his­tory.

Busey, who re­ceived an Os­car nom­i­na­tion for 1978’s “The Buddy Holly Story,” will play charis­matic se­rial killer Lionel McAu­ley start­ing Nov. 21 at The The­ater Cen­ter near Times Square.

The mur­der mys­tery tells the story of at­trac­tive psy­chi­a­trist and sus­pected cold-blooded killer Mar­garet Brent, her wealthy hus­band, de­ranged pa­tient and a de­tec­tive who’s fall­ing in love with her.

Busey will star op­po­site Cather­ine Russell, who is the Guin­ness World Records holder for the most per­for­mances by a the­ater ac­tor in the same role. She has missed just four per­for­mances since the play opened in 1987.

In the past 29 years, some 108,000 bul­lets have been fired on­stage and over 6,000 prop cof­fee cakes have been eaten. The show has em­ployed 243 ac­tors dur­ing its 12,000-show run.

Busey has also ap­peared in such films as “Un­der Siege,” ‘’Lethal Weapon” and “The Firm.” His lat­est is “Con­fes­sions of a Wom­an­izer.”

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