REVIEW: ‘La Cage’ will win your heart


Musicals are often about falling in love, but rarely about being in love. La Cage aux Folles, which opens April 20 at the Playhouse, is about the latter.

There is something wonderful about seeing two people so deeply in love, and even with all the hysterical drag queens running around on stage, ultimately La Cage aux Folles is all about heart.

When Tod Petersen completes his transformation from Albin into Zaza at the end of “A Little More Mascara,” I swear that if you showed up at that point, you would never guess you were looking at a drag queen.

The biggest question in this extremely entertaining musical is whether you are going to fall more in love with Albin or Zaza.

The title track has Zaza charming the pants off of the audience — at that point, you have definitely gotten your money’s worth with this show — but it is Albin who stops the show and sings the heartbreakingly defiant “I Am What I Am” in the wake of his family’s betrayal. This is a powerful musical moment, on par with the first-act endings of Gypsy or Dreamgirls,  and Petersen makes it absolutely unforgettable.




What:  La Cage Aux Folles

When:  April 26 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)



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
  • Ticket price to see the 7:30pm performance ONLY: $32.  Purchase
  • NEW! Student ticket price: $10 (performance only) with valid school ID. Purchase

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 remaining performance dates and show times.