Shad Olsen

©Nichole Modeen/The Duluth Playhouse

La Cage aux Folles (The Birdcage) raised a few eyebrows when it premiered on Broadway back in the '80s.  At that time, two men singing a love song to one another was unheard of on stage. 

Now, in the Northland?  Audiences are embracing this singable, danceable love story that asks, can I be myself and still be loveable?

©Taylor Hooper

Shad Olsen left the Northland at 18, bound for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and the bright lights of the Big Apple.

Sixteen years later, he's back - and loving it! -  and closer to fulfilling his dream than ever.