Lord Andrew Lloyd Weber has announced that his Phantom of the Opera sequel will launch in three countries at once—the first time for such an undertaking. Phantom: Love Never Dies will debut at the end of this year in London, New York and an Asian city, possibly Shanghai. Like the original, this one features the disfigured Phantom, whose unrequited love for opera singer Christine left him tugging at his crotch—but this one's set in Brooklyn's Coney Island, versus the archetype's Paris opera house. What Andy may not know is that Coney Island's amusement park closed last September, which can't augur well for a musical whose two principals had absolutely no identifiable characteristics in the first place. I wish Lloyd Weber the best in his groundbreaking venture, but the fact is he's done only a few things right since Jesus Christ Superstar, which premiered in about 1526. Opening
After-Play: Four longtime friends meet up after a Broadway show, discovering that time and distance have changed them more than they thought. Opens Jan. 9 at OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Ave. in Chula Vista. $13-$15. 619-422-7787, www.onstageplayhouse.org.
Annie: An 11-year-old mop-top is unshakable in her belief that her real-life parents will pluck her from an oppressive orphanage. Produced by Broadway / San Diego, the show opens Jan. 9 at the Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. Downtown. $31-$309. 619-570-1100, www.broadwaysd.com.
As Much As You Can: A bunch of weird stuff happens when a black gay man brings home his white lover. Opens in previews Jan. 8 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. $29-$33. 619-220-0097, www.diversionary.org.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love and Other Modern Dilemmas: This trio of one-act plays features two couples and the intersecting tensions between them. Produced by Laterthanever Productions, the show opens Jan 8 at The Tenth Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave., Downtown. Call for prices. 619-235-9353, www.laterthanever.org.
Doubt: Moral uncertainty is meticulously examined as a Roman Catholic nun suspects a priest has been messing with an altar boy. Produced by the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the show opens in previews Jan. 10 at The Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. Call for prices. 619-544-1000, www.sdrep.org.