PHOTO CALL: New York Rangers' Rod Gilbert and More Celebrate Riding The Midnight Express With Billy Hayes

Billy Hayes, who wrote the best-selling novel "Midnight Express," upon which the Oscar-winning film of the same name was based, officially opened on Feb. 5 in Riding the Midnight Express With Billy Hayes at St. Luke's Theatre. Here's a look at the after party, held at Sardi's.

Directed by John Gould Rubin, Riding The Midnight Express With Billy Hayes started previews on Jan. 22. Performances continue at the Off-Broadway venue through March 23.

Barbara Ligeti produces.

"For the first time on the live stage," press notes state, "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."

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