A man shocked theatergoers and alarmed members of Baltimore’s Jewish community when he shouted a pro-Nazi and pro-Trump salute during a performance at the Hippodrome Theatre on Wednesday night.
The incident, during which the man shouted “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump,” was especially notable because it took place during intermission of a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof,” a musical about a Jewish community in tsarist Russia.
The Hippodrome is hosting the national touring production of the Broadway revival, directed by Bartlett Sherr, through Nov. 18.
“Fiddler on the Roof” tells the story of a milkman Tevye, his wife and five daughters. The musical is based on series of stories by Sholom Aleichem and was adapted for Broadway in 1964.
Throughout the show Tevye often breaks into songs and monologues, sharing his thoughts on love, tradition, wealth and faith. Russia becomes increasingly hostile toward Jews as the story progresses, prompting the family to leave for other countries by the end of the musical.
The show — notable at the time for focusing completely on a Jewish community — was a hit and nabbed nine Tony Awards, including best musical.
Audience members told The Sun the man who shouted the anti-Semitic salutes did so during intermission, immediately following a scene that depicted a wedding interrupted by a pogrom — an attack on Jewish people which can range from destruction of homes or property to outright massacre.