The Phantom of the Opera and Misty are eerily similar. Both are isolated outcasts who feel rejected by society. They are unhinged characters who will go to extreme — and often violent — lengths to satisfy their desperate need for acceptance: Misty destroys the plane emergency box so her team can use her survival skills, and Phantom tries to imprison Christine Daae as his bride in his underground lair.
They are intelligent and skilled manipulators. Fittingly, “The Music of the Night” plays when Misty takes the private detective Jessica hostage and prepares to interrogate her. During this song, the Phantom kidnaps Christine from her dressing room and tries to seduce her with his elegant singing voice. Misty’s investigative skills and cleverness are also reminiscent of the Phantom, who haunts the Palais Garnier with magic tricks that cause chandeliers to crash, pianos to play by themselves, and opera singers to croak. They are both sneaky characters who will do whatever it takes to get what they want.
Misty and Crystal’s bonding over theatre is very similar to how the Phantom’s only way of finding understanding and friendship is through his vocal lessons with Christine. Misty’s eyes light up when Crystal suggests they practice harmonizing together or work on a “Steel Magnolias” monologue for Shauna’s baby shower. Much like music in “The Phantom of the Opera,” theatre is a way for Misty to feel accepted and get the attention she craves so desperately. When Misty reveals her true self to Crystal, she is (understandably) not as accepting as Christine, calling her a psycho and rejecting her as a friend.