Lauren Bushnell won this season of The Bachelor
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The Bachelor EXCLUSIVE! Bachelor Ben Higgins opens up about why fiancée Lauren Bushnell “was always the one” and the decision he regrets the most. Subscribe now for all their wedding plan details plus exclusive photos, only in PEOPLE!

Before The Bachelor‘s Ben Higgins vows to take Lauren Bushnell as his wife, he fulfilled another promise: taking her on an off-screen night on the town.

“First of all, I want to go on a date with Ben. There’s so many things to do with him before actually saying ‘I do,’ ” Bushnell, 26, told PEOPLE this week of why she turned down a surprise live wedding during After the Final Rose.

And on Thursday, the engaged couple caught a performance of The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre in New York, cuddling and sharing a kiss in the audience and meeting some of the Broadway show’s stars.

Higgins also posted an Instagram of his fiancée holding a stuffed Simba, writing, “My girl practicing parenting.”

For much more from Ben and Lauren’s new life together, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now

Higgins, 27, proposed to Bushnell on Monday night’s Bachelor finale, and his runner-up, JoJo Fletcher, has already started shooting scenes as the new Bachelorette.