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

  • Info from the PSA on Saving the #BrilliantOriginal!

    Article  |  August 7th, 2020
    By PhantomFemme
    #savethebrilliantoriginal, alw, campaigns, info, politics

    Sources and links from my PSA in the effort to #SaveTheBrilliantOriginal #PhantomoftheOpera!

  • PSA: #SaveTheBrilliantOriginal!

    Episode  |  August 6th, 2020  |  5 mins 19 secs
    #savethebrilliantoriginal, alw, politics, psa

    A short PSA in contribution to the effort to see #TheBrilliantOriginal #PhantomoftheOpera restored in all the splendour #HalPrince, #GillianLynn and #MariaBjornson envisioned! #SaveTheBrilliantOriginal

  • Review of Leroux Sequel Lazare by K. E. Torwood

    Episode  |  July 23rd, 2020  |  48 mins 19 secs
    history, leroux, phantomlit, queer, sequels

    In this episode, I review the POTO sequel Lazare by author K. E. Torwood.

  • References for episode 19- Do I Become His Prey?

    Article  |  July 16th, 2020
    By PhantomFemme
    alw, gender, gendered violence, gerik, kay, leroux, phandom, transformative justice, violence

    The references for my discussion on violence and Transformative Justice in POTO.

  • Do I Become His Prey: POTO, Violence And The Spirit of Transformative Justice

    Episode  |  June 2nd, 2020  |  57 mins 35 secs
    alw, gender, gendered violence, gerik, kay, leroux, politics, transformative justice, trauma, violence

    CW. This episode discusses violence, including gendered violence in Phantom, but also how the story invokes the spirit of transformative justice.

  • Info About the French Concert Production Discussed In Episode 18!

    Article  |  June 1st, 2020
    By PhantomFemme
    alw, french, in-concert, montreal, reviews

    Here's a bunch of info about the French Language production I reviewed in Episode 18.

  • 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!