When I found out the musical toured the US, I was just waiting for it to come to our area. I was very excited when our homeschool group planned a field trip to the tour in a nearby city. So, last week we made the 2 1/2 hour drive to the theater. My girls were very excited.
We arrived early on the very rainy day and made our way into the theater. Yes, they have merchandise for sale: shirts, programs, stuffed animals, etc. Of course, we can not pass by the merchandise area without making a purchase, since my girls love souvenirs. They always say they need something to remember the trip by...although I do keep ticket stubs and programs (just not their idea of a souvenir). They both ended up with a stuffed doll of Nala.
We made our way into the theater and found our seats. I was a little worried that my youngest would be looking for the cartoon characters, but that would not be the case. She was mesmerized with the entire show. The costumes and sets were breathtaking. The actors/actresses were phenomenal. Of course, the music is beautiful. We had to download the album when we got home and they continuously listen and sing along to it. I wish we could have taken pictures, although I doubt the pictures would have done it justice.
Maybe you have already seen the musical, if not, I highly recommend it. It was a bit on the pricey side, but we went to a mid-week matinee, so that did help cut the cost. It was well worth the trip and I would definitely go see it again. Does anyone have suggestions for other Broadway plays on tour that are a must see?