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Shea's producer Albert Nocciolino delivers on 'Kinky Boots' promise

It's not often you see a buttoned-up Broadway producer strut onto a theater stage in fire-engine red, high-heeled boots fit for a drag queen or dominatrix.

But there Albert Nocciolino was on Tuesday night in Shea's Performing Arts Center, standing at center stage in a glimmering pair of those retina-searing boots, the symbols of the touring production of "Kinky Boots" that was about to open its six-day run there.

The best part? He did it on a dare.

(And, to be honest, his walk onto the stage looked like more of a tightrope walk than a strut.)

"I wanted to take a minute to tell you guys a story about friendship," said lead "Kinky Boots" producer Hal Luftig, who came to Buffalo for opening night and was onstage along with Nocciolino and Shea's President and CEO Anthony Conte. "When we were developing 'Kinky Boots,' [Nocciolino] came to a very early reading and at the end of it, I expected him to give me a laundry list of what didn't work. Instead, he said to me, the people of Buffalo would love this show. And I said to him, Al, I promise when the tour comes to the northeast corridor, Buffalo will be the first city that we play -- if you promise to wear the boots. And ladies, and gentleman, I think we can agree that we both kept our promise."

Before the show started, Conte also read a proclamation from Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown declaring April 21, 2015 to be "Kinky Boots Day" in Buffalo.

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