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!

Episodes and Blog Entries

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    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!!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    From Christine to the Khanum: Femininity in Phantom

    Episode  |  April 1st, 2019  |  46 mins 52 secs
    alw, femininity, gender, international women's day, kay, leroux, women

    Exploring what the POTO cannon does with femininity, and how it subtly critiques dominant gender norms.

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    Christine, I Love You! - Romantic Relationships In POTO #ValentinesDay

    Episode  |  February 14th, 2019  |  32 mins 59 secs
    alw, creativity, phanship, relationships, romance

    Talking about romantic relationships in Phantom for #ValentinesDay!

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    Review: The Angel's Shadow by Louise Anne Bateman

    Episode  |  December 23rd, 2018  |  46 mins 19 secs
    ableism, alw, audiobook, books, disability, gerik, madness, phanfic, reviews

    Review and discussion of Louise Anne Bateman's Phanfic novel The Angel's Shadow. Warning, spoiler alert! Also, CW for mild discussion of depression, suicide and sexuality.

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    Masquerade: from Poe to ALW

    Episode  |  November 21st, 2018  |  36 mins 56 secs
    alw, disability, history, leroux, mask, masquerade

    In which I explore the masquerade scenes in POTO, and their relationship to the short story by Poe - Masque of the Red Death - that inspired them.

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    Show-Notes for Episode 7 On Obsession!

    Article  |  November 16th, 2018
    By PhantomFemme
    disability, history, madness, obsession, phanship, phantom of the opera, references

    References for the stuff I talked about in episode 7 on Phanship and obsession.