Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS

RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS With BILLY HAYES, written and performed by Bill Hayes, directed by John Gould Rubin, opened last night at St. Luke's Theatre. FIRST he wrote the best-selling book. THEN came the OSCAR-winning movie. NOW Billy Hayes comes to the New York stage with his powerful one-man show, RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS with BILLY HAYES,directed by John Gould Rubin. Check out photos from opening night below!

After captivating audiences in preview performances at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Hayes will appear in a limited run at the St. Luke'S THEATRE (308 West 46th Street) in the heart of New York's theatre district, from January 22nd to March 23rd, before heading back to the British Isles for a special engagement at London's "Soho Theater."

Hayes' story became an instant legend with the publication of his best-selling book, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, in 1976 and the release of the OSCAR-winning movie in 1978. For the first time on the live stage, Hayes recounts the five years he spent in a Turkish prison and his brazen escape. He reveals aspects of his adventures never before told, elaborates on many instances portrayed in the film version, and corrects some of the plot-lines and scenes that were fictionalized for the movie - especially the actual, true story of his harrowing, white-knuckle escape.

Since Billy escaped in 1975, he has spoken about his ordeal on television, in classrooms and lecture halls, even back in Turkey. But he has never spoken about it in a theatrical setting, until now.

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

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Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Billy Hayes

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
St. Luke's Theatre

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Billy Hayes

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Billy Hayes

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Billy Hayes & director, John Gould Rubin

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Billy Hayes

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Jeffrey Altshuler, Billy Hayes, John Gould Rubin, Barbara Ligeti

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Judy Gilbert & Rod Gilbert

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
EDa Sorokoff, John Gould Rubin, Jeff Schneider

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Barbara Ligeti

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Riding The Midnight Express

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Barbara Ligeti

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Jeff Schneider & Eda Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Christine De Lilse & Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Valli Dawn Hart, Stephen Sorokoff, Scott

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Valli Dawn Hart & Friends

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Billy Hayes & Valli Dawn Hart

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Rod Gilbert, Billy Hayes, Errol Rappaport

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Jamie deRoy, Billy Hayes, Barbara Ligeti

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Heather Woods & Doug Denoff

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Jamie deRoy & Jack Gindi

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Jeffrey Altshuler

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS

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Stephen Sorokoff Stephen's life seems to have always revolved around a camera and a piano. He studied at Manhattan School of Music and performed in the "Borsht Belt" during college vacations, where in the true DIRTY DANCING tradition he met his wife Eda. Stephen was a Board Member of the First All Children's Theater and his wife, a classical pianist, is a Board Member of Barrington Stage Co. In between he made time to be CEO of a multi national machinery company and President of a domestic Textile Mfg. Co. In retirement, he now takes pictures of his 5 grandchildren and various other performers.


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