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Jun. 10th, 2010 @ 10:48 pm (no subject)
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I'm posting this on behalf of a dear friend and relatively new LJ-er rebeccatimmons. She and her husband have been running around like chickens with their--actually, no, more like very efficient chickens still in possession of their heads, trying to put this event together. I know some of you, and I know some of you know more of you, and so I'm passing the word around about this awesome....

(take it away, rebeccatimmons

I’m sure some of you are probably already aware that Jeff and I have started to pretty seriously consider organizing a phan gathering to celebrate the US Tour in Pittsburgh this fall. I’d like to clarify that the intent of the gathering is not to detract from any events in Las Vegas (though I will admit the idea did sprout from our conversation around being frustrated that dates haven’t been confirmed yet). Goodness knows there's enough conflict in the Phandom these days without creating any East Coast/West Coast tension! No, it's all love, fear not! The intent of the event would be to provide an option to those phans who want to gather and celebrate the US tour before they close this fall and/or are Midwest/East Coast based and can’t travel out to Las Vegas or LA.

For those who may not know, Jeff and I both have previous experience in event coordination. Jeff arranged Phan gatherings for the Toronto Phantom production, and I am a project/event coordinator in ‘real’ (aka – ‘non-phan’) life.

Jeff and I have started making calls around the Pittsburgh area to the theatre, hotels, convention centers, etc. to get an idea of availability and pricing. We’re also aiming to get in touch with the US tour to see about organizing some events in which the cast and crew might be willing to participate (i.e. Q&A, backstage tour, etc.- we’ll see what happens!).

The tour will be in the Pittsburgh area (their last stop before L.A., where they will close) late August through September, and we were aiming for a long weekend in September (as we kinda already had that time ear marked anyway…). As that really isn’t much time, we’re really hoping to gauge the level of interest amongst phans so we can have an idea of the approximate size of the group. Also, we really don’t want to book group tickets and end up with a massive bill and a private cheering section!

We’ve set up a group on Facebook, as we thought it might be the easiest way to discuss plans and ideas. Please feel free to join!:


There you have it. If you're in the area or within a reasonable distance to the area, we would love to see you there. :)

Mar. 27th, 2010 @ 11:46 am Doing a favor for a Phriend (does anyone think in ph's anymore? I do)
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Hey, does any of you phans remember the phiction anthology Rhapsody on Leroux? I was referencing a story by Charnas in it and somebody got excited, but of course she can't find it ANYWHERE, seeing as it was in print back in, oh, what, '98? So basically I'm over here to tap some comms and see if anyone is willing to part with their copy. I'm not, but that's because mine is actually an incomplete "accidental" printing, with pages missing. And who wants to read a story with pages missing. :-P

(cross posted like whoa)
Mar. 14th, 2010 @ 04:05 pm Love Never Dies
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So the CD for the sequel to Phantom of the Opera is out and available for purchase. I think ultimately I'll end up buying it, but right now I'm undecided. Has anyone here bought/listened to it? If so, what did you think? Also for those who are curious but aren't committed to buying it yet, you can hear little snippets of the song son amazon.com. Just search for "Love Never Dies" and click on the link for the MP3 album.
Feb. 10th, 2010 @ 11:39 pm Do YOU remember the she-net Phantom Board?
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I know a lot of members on here have been around in the phandom for quite a while. I myself am hitting my 13th (omg really? Really. Wow. Longer than I thought!) Anniversary of being a Phantom Phan, and I know others who have been here twenty years and more. Back in the dark ages called 1997, this poor, isolated, lonely little baby Phan was lucky enough to stumble across a message board run by our own cdaae on the old domain of she-net. It was a wonderful place full of wonderful, beautiful, crazy, intelligent people who welcomed me into the fold, told me about Church of Erik, introduced me to Susan Kay and Charles Dance and Peter Karrie and... better yet, to themselves. In short, good times.

Anyway, in an odd little bit of synchronicity considering it's corresponding with the anniversary of Leroux, a community has been made on Facebook for those of us who were on and remember the old Board. If you are one of these phans, I invite you to join up at Old Skool Phans Cold shower room is open for business, but you have to bring your own drool bucket and possibly your own potato too, since no one ever figured out if Ubaldo found his. Or if Sam I Am every made it out of the Lair alive. Or if Disaster and Pandora ever overcame their unfortunate addiction to Raoul ( though that's ok, the Phans' Ten Commandant says that the insane must be treated with kindness)...

In other words, if those last few sentences rang any bells with you at all, come on over. It's like a family reunion, minus cousin Herman insistencing that he tell you the Great Fishing Story for the thousandth time. :-D

(Disclaimer: if this is not allowed, I'm cool with it. There will be cross-posting and phanwank  and churchoferik as well.
Oct. 8th, 2009 @ 05:40 pm Two things:
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1. Check out this rather wonderful Leroux Erik plush toy (designed and created by a pair of fans). They're making a limited run of 250, and they're taking orders now, $24. (Not my site, I get no money from it, just want to recommend.) http://www.sixpoint.us/erikindex.html

2. I thought I should take advantage of my search engine rankings to stick up a page about the Phantom of the Opera sequel. It could use some quotes from fans, though, so if you'd like to make a comment summing up why the sequel is a bad idea, please leave them here along with whatever you'd like to be credited as (preferably first name and state or country). Thanks!
Oct. 7th, 2009 @ 01:53 am Random...
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harley baseball bat
Current Mood: curiouscurious
So, I was perusing fandom!Secrets. I often times have to check urbandictionary.com to check meaning of new fangled slang. Anyway, I'm curious. I've been kind of out of the POTO fandom for awhile. I keep up with my old Phantom Phan friends but otherwise ignore the message boards all together. Does our fandom have the BNF's that other fandoms do? I mean yes there are screen names/people everyone in the fandom knows (at least of the group I chat with), but is there the massive wank around people that are well known in the fandom? Maybe I'm just too out of, but I really honestly don't think there is... or was.... gah. Sorry for the ramble.
Sep. 8th, 2009 @ 04:43 pm Charles Dance 1990 Phantom
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POTO - Angel of Music
So, I'm down here in Va Beach visiting angely78 and by request of her soon-to-be 3 yr old daughter, we are watching the Charles Dance 1990 mini-series. angely78 asked who did the dubbed singing voice for Teri Polo.

IMDB doesn't have it so I am posting the question to the POTO phan base at large.
May. 15th, 2009 @ 10:00 am masked_ball art/ficathon, Bastille Day edition!
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oh bill
masked_ball, a pan-canon, all-genre art/ficathon is open once more! We had a great turnout last year, with lots of great stories and art. I hope those of you who participated will come back, and that those of you who missed it the first time around will check us out.

How it works: story and art ideas are submitted, compiled, and claimed anonymously. You'll have until July 13th to write/draw, and the results will be posted, anonymously, throughout the summer. When everything's done, we reveal who did what.

Here's the prompt submission thread, and keep in mind you can submit prompts even if you don't want to create anything.

[x-posted everywhere]
Apr. 26th, 2009 @ 06:38 am Phantom of the opera themed blog---The Persian The Phantom and a duck?
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Yet another post on my Phantom of the Opera blog as I wait for my edits to arrive. I will be updating it frequently so please do check back!  Tomorrow---a big announcement so you can expect to see m all over LJ posting the links! http://jenniferlinforth.blogspot.com
Apr. 16th, 2009 @ 06:00 pm New(er) translation?
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I just found out there's another translation of the original novel, done in 2004 by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier. Has anyone read this translation? If so, what do you think? I've already ordered the book as I feel I HAVE to read it to be complete (I've read the other three English translations already), but I'm just curious if anyone else has read it or was even aware of it.