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Born yesterday: The Big Whoop has come and gone, and Jesus Christ has another year to play with before we do all this again. Now that the celebration is over, our thoughts will return to the world's miserable state and Jesus' apparent benign neglect of it—but if you had any insight into his last week on Earth, you might understand why he's more than a little honked at us. Jesus Christ Superstar is the story of Jesus' final seven days and the political and interpersonal struggles, namely with betrayer Judas Iscariot, that marked it. It's had its ups and downs since its debut on Broadway 36 years ago—but a touring revival starring Ted Neeley has been going strong since 1992. The problem is that this is likely your last chance to see Neeley in the title role, as this is his farewell tour. The Broadway/San Diego entry runs Jan. 2 through 6 at the Civic Theatre, 1100 Broadway, Downtown. 619-570-1100 or www.broadwaysd.com. $19-$70.
—Martin Jones Westlin
Festival of Christmas at Lamb's Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-437-6050, through Dec. 29, story of a group of travelers who find themselves stranded amid a snowstorm and discover ways to celebrate the holiday by sharing music and stories. $33-$49.
High School Musical presented by Broadway/San Diego at Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown, 619-570-1100, Dec. 26, musical story of two high school kids from rival cliques who won't let their classmates or the school come between them and their dreams. $17-$100.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at The Old Globe Theatre mainstage, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-23-GLOBE, through Dec. 30, annual story of the Grinch, the residents of Whoville and the peace they make. $19-$39.
Chalk It Up to Murder presented by HIT Productions, Fireside Steakhouse, 439 W. Washington Blvd., Escondido, 619-561-8673, featuring a cavalcade of new clues for a terrible crime. $16-$29.50.
Joey & Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding at Holiday Inn on the Bay, 1355 N. Harbor Drive, 800-944-5639, the fortunes and foibles at the heart of an Italian wedding. $49.50.
Where There's a Will... There's a Wake presented by Mystery Café Dinner Theater at Imperial House Restaurant, 505 Kalmia St., Downtown, 619-544-1600, story of gangland figure Sonny Shoeleone, heir to the family fortune unless his siblings have their way. $56.50, $59.50.
White Christmas at Welk Resorts Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, 888-802-7469, through Dec. 30, musical adaptation of a story about a Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. $52-$81.
Triple Espresso at the Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Downtown, 619-234-9583, through Feb. 17, 2008, story of three dorks and their bid at fame on national TV. $10-$37.50.