4.5 Phantom of the Opera!
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We descend into the depths of the Paris Opera for the 1986 musical phenomenon The Phantom of the Opera – one of the most successful & beloved musicals of all time, which centers around a troubling story about abuse, lust, and the power of music.
We talk about:
– Is the Phantom (or "Erik" as he’s known in the original novel) a serpent or a savior?
– What is the relationship between Christine and the Phantom? An abusive mentor relationship, a forbidden love, an artistic partnership or a classic Gothic obsession?
– How did power and patriarchy operate in the Victorian world of the Paris Opera – and in the 1980s world of rock musicals?
– Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman and the cast of the 1988 Broadway Cast Recording.
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