5. See a show—before it goes to Broadway

Catch a premiere at the Alliance or True Colors
"Mountain Top" at True Colors Theatre

Photograph by Josh Lamkin

You don’t have to go to New York for adventurous drama. The Alliance Theatre and True Colors Theatre regularly stage brand-new works, U.S. premieres, or reinvented classics. Zorro, a British import, makes its stateside debut at the Alliance this month and the theater previously birthed Bring It On: The Musical, Sister Act, and Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away—all of which later traveled to Broadway. True Colors is the home of Kenny Leon, the only Atlanta director currently working on Broadway. In July he and David H. Bell unveil Shakin’ the Rafters, a musical about a girl gospel group in the Jim Crow South. Zorro: April 3 to May 5; Shakin’ the Rafters: July 9 to August 4

This article originally appeared in our April 2013 issue.