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O'Connell and Company musical is a tale of cultural conflict

Western New Yorkers know about cross-cultural conflict.

In a region of immigrants -- from the waves of Italian, Irish, German and Polish people who came here in the 21st century to the current influx of refugees from war-torn regions in Africa and Asia -- traditions are bound to be challenged.

That's what happens in "Fiddler on the Roof," recently produced by a choir of young former refugees from Our Lady of Hope Catholic church. And, in a much more lighthearted way, it drives the action of the 2015 musical "It Shoulda Been You," which opens Jan. 26 in an O'Connell and Company production at The Park School (4625 Harlem Road, Snyder).

The show, with music by Barbara Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, centers on the wedding of a Jewish woman to a Catholic man. Not exactly earth-shattering stuff, but challenging enough for the families involved.

In his review of the 2015 Broadway production in the New York Times, critic Ben Brantley called the show a "crumbly meringue of a production" that hopes "to capitalize on the success of reality television shows about brides behaving badly."

O'Connell and Company's production, which runs through Feb. 26, is directed by Roger Paolini and stars Joey Bucheker, Sára Kovácsi, Matthew Mooney, Rebecca Runge and Heather Reed. Tickets are $15 to $30. Call 848-0800 or visit oconnellandcompany.org for more information.

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