In This Labyrinth: Justice From the Heart of The Phantom Of The Opera

Love of Phantom meets love of justice.

About the show

This podcast draws on the world's most popular musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera, as well as on the experience of Phanship having been a Phan myself for three odd decades now, to explore social justice and intersectionality. That said, although a lot of my exploration and analysis comes from the Lloyd Webber stage-musical, I will talk about other versions of Phantom as well, along with some of the best of Phanfiction that I've yet come across! And whenever possible, I'll be interviewing fellow Phans, Phan-authors/creators, etc, to give voice to different experiences than just my own. So enjoy, and long live Phantom as a force for a better world!

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Review: Phantom's French Language Debut!

    Episode  |  February 28th, 2020  |  55 mins 49 secs
    alw, french, montreal, reviews, stage-version

    My review of the French language in-concert production that ran last month in Montreal, Canada.

  • Show Notes For Episode 17 - When All Is Lost

    Article  |  February 27th, 2020
    By PhantomFemme
    environmental justice, kay, leroux, phanfiction, reviews

    The show-notes, finally, for episode 17 in which I reviewed and analyzed the Phanfic When All Is Lost by Quiet2885.

  • When All Is Lost: Environmental Justice In A POTO Phanfic

    Episode  |  December 18th, 2019  |  56 mins 38 secs
    alw, authors, cop25, environmental justice, kay, leroux, phanfic, politics

    Discussion of how environmental justice plays out in the Phanfic When All Is Lost by Quiet2885, in honour of COP25.

  • Reference Notes for Episode 16 Discussion of Haunting

    Article  |  December 17th, 2019
    By PhantomFemme
    alw, haunting, leroux, music history, politics

    The sources I was referring to in my discussion of haunting in POTO in episode 16.

  • Show Notes/References for Episode 15 on the Lawrence Connor Production

    Article  |  November 14th, 2019
    By PhantomFemme
    alw, gender, lawrence connor production, race, references, show notes

    The references for my dissection of the Lawrence Connor production/s of Phantom in episode 15.

  • This The Phantom's Opera: The Magic of Haunting In POTO

    Episode  |  November 12th, 2019  |  43 mins 56 secs
    alw, halloween/samhain, haunting, history, kay, leroux, music history

    In slightly belated honour of Halloween/Samhain, I talk all about haunting in POTO!!

  • Denied Me and Betrayed Me: Thoughts On the Lawrence Connor Production

    Episode  |  September 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins
    alw, disability, gender, intersectionality, non-replica productions, politics

    Discussion of the Lawrence Connor production/s of the ALW Phantom. CW for mild references to kink and violence.

  • Tribute to Hal Prince #RIPHalPrince

    Episode  |  August 29th, 2019  |  5 mins 1 sec
    alw, hal prince, rip, tribute

    A tribute to the legendary director of the original ALW Phantom, who sadly passed away on July 31 2019.

  • Show/Reference notes for Episode 14 - Queer/Crip Desire in the ALW Phantom!

    Article  |  August 8th, 2019
    By PhantomFemme
    alw, disability, gender, history, podiversary, politics, pride, queer, sexuality

    References for my discussion of Queer/-Crip sexuality and Desire in the ALW Phantom in episode 14. Happy 1-year Podiversary!

  • RIP Kevin Jackson!

    Article  |  July 27th, 2019
    By PhantomFemme
    disability, phans, politics, rip, tdpm

    A brief memorial note in honour of Kevin Jackson, co-founder and organizer of @TDPM, who recently passed away very suddenly. RIP!

  • RIP Kevin Jackson!

    Episode  |  July 27th, 2019  |  2 mins 28 secs
    disability, phans, politics, rip, tdpm

    A brief memoriam note for Kevin Jackson, co-organizer of @TDPM, who recently passed away. RIP!

  • Journey to a Strange New World: Queer/Crip Desire in the ALW Phantom

    Episode  |  July 26th, 2019  |  56 mins 49 secs
    alw, disability, podiversary, pride2019, queer, sexuality

    In which I celebrate the 1-year #podiversary of the show, as well as, of course, #Pride2019, by exploring Queer/Crip desire in the ALW stage-version of Phantom!

  • The Angel's Flight: A Review of The Angels of Music Series Book 2 by Louise Anne Bateman!

    Episode  |  June 6th, 2019  |  42 mins 58 secs
    alw, audiobooks, authors, books, gender, history, phanfiction, politics, reviews

    In this episode, I finally review Louise Anne Bateman's second novel The Angel's Flight, book 2 in her Angels of Music series, especially the Phantastic audiobook!

  • Episode 12: What Makes You Beautiful!

    Article  |  June 3rd, 2019
    By PhantomFemme
    alw, authors, books, gender, interviews, musicals, queer, youngadult

    All the places you can buy Bridget Liang's awesome young adult novel What Makes You Beautiful!

  • Show/Bibliographic notes for Episode 11 on Femininity in POTO.

    Article  |  May 28th, 2019
    By PhantomFemme
    alw, angel/whore binary, femininity, gender, good girl/bad girl binary, kay, leroux, politics

    The notes and references for episode 11 on the "good girl/bad girl" binary in POTO.

  • What Makes You Beautiful: Interview with Bridget Liang.

    Episode  |  April 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 33 mins
    alw, books, gender, interviews, musicals, queer

    My interview with #Toronto #author Bridget Liang about her new #YA #novel.