Meet Tod Petersen in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES


For our musical production of La Cage Aux Folles, the Duluth Playhouse is proud to welcome visiting guest artist, Tod Petersen, to our stage for the first time!

Tod is an actor, director, writer and teacher based in the Twin Cities, and has performed in a plethora of venues across the metro area. He was a regular at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres for some time (think, 20ish years!). He directed and acted with Interact Center for the Arts. And for eight years, he provided a holiday highlight for Twin Cities audiences with Theater Latte’ Da’s “A Christmas Carole Petersen,” in which he brought his charm and love to a lampoon of his family’s traditions.*

He has also performed at The History Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company (CTC), Artistry at Bloomington Civic. the Ordway Center, the Illusion Theater, the Minnesota Festival Theater, and others. He has also performed in various theatres across the grand city of Chicago.

“I love being in a play, going to the theater, hanging out in the dressing room, being with the guys, putting on my costume,” he said.

Studying at Mankato State University, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Theater, Speech and Special Education. He has also trained at The Training Center in Chicago under Dan Lamorte, and at Brave New Workshop with Jenni Lilledahl.

“I never had the loftiest goals; I just like the work, mucking around with all my friends on stage. Being an actor is so much fun. It’s just so much fun,” he adds.

Tod Petesen as Zaza, the star performer  at the St. Tropez night club La Cage Aux Folles, in the Duluth Playhouse production of 'La Cage Aux Folles,' performing April 20-May 7, 2017. (Photo by Nicole Modeen Photography)

Tod Petesen as Zaza, the star performer at the St. Tropez night club La Cage Aux Folles, in the Duluth Playhouse production of ‘La Cage Aux Folles,’ performing April 20-May 7, 2017. (Photo by Nicole Modeen Photography)

It hasn’t been a full stage career all the time for Tod and his husband, Ryan Lee. After closing Theater Latte’ Da’s 2014 production of Our Town, Petersen and Lee spent time housesitting in northern Wisconsin, doing odd jobs in Lanesboro, Minnesota, teaching music to children in the mountains of Honduras, and visiting Thailand for Interact Center for the Arts over the span of a few years.*

After returning from his hiatus, Petersen quickly jumped back into stage work in the Twin Cities and performed in Gypsy at Theater Latte’ Da/Hennepin Theatre Trust, The Sound of Music at the Ordway, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid at CTC, The Drowsy Chaperone at Artistry, and a few more, including coming up to Duluth, Minn., for La Cage Aux Folles.

* Excerpted from the article “The Tao of Tod: Twin Cities actor Tod Petersen is living one chapter at a time” by Graydon Royce (Star Tribune, February 5, 2016)



What:  La Cage Aux Folles

When:  Opening April 20 and running through May 7, 2017

Show Times:  Wednesday-Saturday @ 7:30pm  |  Sunday @ 2pm  |  Saturday Matinees @ 2pm on April 29 & May 6

Where:  The Duluth Playhouse (506 W. Michigan Street, Duluth, Minn., 55802)

Tickets:  Adults – $32  |  Youth/Student – $27  |  Groups (15+) – $27  |  Buy here

Box Office:  Call 218.733.7555, go online at, or stop by during office hours (M-F, 10am-5pm)



Be a VIP in Zaza’a Club by sitting stage-side in exclusive seating that includes a complimentary bottle of wine (or beverage of your choice) and a fruit & cheese plate (must be 21+). Limited seats available for each performance. Call 733.7555 to reserve your VIP seats today!



Come as you are to our pre-show party in The Underground on only Wednesday, April 26 before the high struttin’ and high-spirited performance of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.

Starting at 6pm in The Underground, your special event ticket includes performances by some of Duluth’s most fabulous drag queens, a complimentary glass of our specialty drink, The Birdcage, and complimentary appetizers courtesy of Blackwoods.

  • Ticket price for the Pre-Party + 7:30pm performance: $37.  Purchase here. (On the following screen after selecting your seats, be sure to select the $37 -ticket option in the drop-down menu.)
  • Ticket price to see the 7:30pm performance ONLY: $32.  Purchase here.
  • NEW! Student ticket price: $10 (performance only) with valid school ID.

After the performance, join the cast of La Cage Aux Folles at the Duluth Flame for the official after-party!

If you’re ready to experience the Duluth Playhouse in a unique way, purchase your tickets to this special event by clicking here or call 218.733.7555. Want to see a performance of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, but on a different night? See all performance dates and times.


La Cage aux Folles at the Duluth Playhouse