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From Brookfield to Broadway: Wisconsin actor details his life on the stage

Posted at 6:37 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 23:25:18-05

A 34-year-old graduate from Brookfield Central is proving you can go from Brookfield to Broadway.

Timothy Hughes can act sing and dance. He says being selected for a role in the hit musical movie "The Greatest Showman" was life-changing.

"When the opportunity came along and I ended up getting the job it was very emotional," said Hughes.

TODAY'S  TMJ4 filmed Hughes sits on the couch looking through photographs with his mom Karen Hughes at her Brookfield home.

"This was the night that it was so cold when you were filming this," she said.

Hughes has been able to make a living through acting ever since he graduated from college.

He set his sights on Broadway early.

"There was a goal sheet I had in middle school and one of them was to be on Broadway," Hughes said.

He is now appearing in "Frozen the Broadway Musical." He believes his Milwaukee values have been a plus.

"The reputation of being from the Midwest is often strong convictions, very hard workers, go-getters and I will be always proud to own those characteristics," he said. 

An action by Hughes action turned viral when a man tried to hijack a curtain call at the end of a "Frozen" the Broadway Musical Performance.  A supporter of President Donald Trump held up a large sign and Hughes ripped it from the man's hands.

"For me, I was immediately defensive that somebody was going to try to distract with any protest in that moment. It didn't make any sense to me," Hughes said.

Hughes is unapologetic. He insists it was the wrong venue for such a display.

"It was not the time and place, it was a distraction to all of us, and I made sure he realized that in the moment," said Hughes.

He says a strong foundation gave him the confidence to chase his dream.

"You have to listen to that voice inside of you and if this is what you really want to do, then you have to go after it," Hughes said.

Hughes advises future actors dreaming of Broadway and the movies to remember that rejection is not personal.

"I think the strongest thing you can do is really define what your puzzle piece is and what you really stand for and what strengths you have and what makes you that unique puzzle piece and just wait until you find a puzzle that you fit," he said. 

Hughes is proof, you can go from Brookfield to Broadway and even the big screen.

"To have been a musical with such incredible positive messages with such wonderful music and wonderful performers I feel like one of the luckiest actors possible," he said.