Bringing Broadway to Binghamton

By Kelly McCarthy

June 14, 2013 Updated Jun 15, 2013 at 12:12 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Binghamton native who just won his 4th Tony Award last Sunday shared his passion Friday for bringing musicals to nearby cities.

Albert Nocciolino is the Founder and President of NAC Entertainment. He and his team of producers graced the Tony's stage where only the best in Broadway get to stand.

"And fortunately we were part of the last award," Nocciolino said, "Which is the big award of the night, The Best Musical and that was for 'Kinky Boots.'"

The Broadway Musical "Kinky Boots" walked away with six Tony's.

"It's really quite a recognition," Nocciolino said, "Because you're getting it from your peers, and for the show itself it means a long life, hopefully, and the public recognition that comes with a Tony award brings awareness to the show."

Nocciolino created his own company in Binghamton in 1976. NAC Entertainment brings touring Broadway shows to Binghamton and to other nearby cities.

"Having started our Broadway series here many many years ago, it's really very satisfying for me to still be living in the community and get the kind of support we get," Nocciolino said.

They say Broadway's the longest street in America. If so, Nocciolino walks the path back home every time he brings a show to town.

"There's also this economic impact," Nocciolino said. "When we have a show at The Forum, for instance, all the restaurants are full, the parking lots are full, there's babysitters being hired."

He's bringing art to the community with the hope that creative talent can grow, just as he once did.

"We say to them, just go for it," Nocciolino said, "Because once you have that kind of passion you pretty much can do whatever you want."

He admits that becoming a Tony Award winning producer is something he never expected growing up in Binghamton.

"I'm very fortunate that I get to do something everyday that I really really like," Nocciolino said."Certainly I don't think anybody ever understands or expects, they dream of reaching some sort of pinnacle in their career, but for me it's been very satisfying, not something ever expected."

Nocciolino currently serves on the boards of Binghamton University Council, Lourdes Hospital Foundation, and Broome County Community Charities.