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A decade ago, Albert Nocciolino was Albert who?
Today, Nocciolino's success producing Broadway shows at Shea's Performing Arts Center is at least indirectly responsible for plans to undertake a $14.5 million expansion.
Nocciolino, 45, is one of the causes for Shea's expansion's effect.
"There's no question about that," said Patrick Fagan, Shea's president and chief operating officer.
Like Fagan, Nocciolino came on board when the downtown landmark was at low ebb. The theater was dogged by a pockmarked reputation of cancelled shows and questionable bookings.
About one year into his Shea's tenure, Fagan sought an exclusive deal with a Broadway producer to bring the best shows to Buffalo.
"I went to New York and everyone said, 'You got to go with Albert,'" Fagan …