Actor Tim Hughes, a Brookfield native, was making a name for himself on social media after he yanked away a Trump flag from a man who had disrupted the curtain call during a performance of “Frozen,” the Broadway musical, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in New York.
A person in the crowd at the St. James Theatre wearing a “Make America Great Again” visor opened a pro-Trump banner during the curtain call in an effort to get attention from the audience. The banner said “Trump 2020” on it.
As the cast took their bow, Hughes said he noticed the banner and felt upset over the cast being disrespected.
Hughes, who plays the character of Pabbie, is seen on video — apparently taken by a spectator in the audience and now making the rounds on social media — snatching the banner and tossing it behind him on stage. Hughes and the rest of the cast then proceed to finish their bows.
Hughes said the man then became angry and was yelling at him when security escorted the man out of the building.
A representative for Disney couldn’t be reached at this time.
In an Instagram post, Hughes reflected on the previous evening’s events:
“What does it say about our country and politics when a man at the show tonight felt the need to protest Disney’s ‘Frozen’ on Broadway with a pro-Trump flag?? How frightening is it that our show’s messages of love, acceptance and diversity have become the opposition to supporting Trump? The curtain call is a thank you between actors and audience, a final connection to end a shared experience.
“I will not apologize for how I responded to the disrespectful man trying to interrupt this moment with a pathetic political platform. Not at our show! Not in front of my beautiful, diverse, talented cast at @frozenbroadway. I appreciate everyone’s support.”
In 2003, Tim Hughes graduated from Brookfield Central and continued onto New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2007, Hughes graduated with a bachelors degree in fine arts.and recently starred as Strongman in 20th Century Fox’s “The Greatest Showman.”
One member of the audience, Joy Rosenthal, who attended the musical on Wednesday, spotted the man after the show. He was threatening to sue people if he didn’t get his sign back.
“I think what happened in ‘Frozen’ is horrible. What kind of adult does that at a Broadway show? It’s childish and silly,” Rosenthal said.
“Frozen” continues to run on Broadway.
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