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Go, Diego, Go! Live!: The Great Jaguar Rescue was a live show based on the Go, Diego, Go! episode "The Great Jaguar Rescue". It was staged twice in both 2007 and 2008.

Summary[]

The live performance of "Dora the Explorer" follows the adventurous journey of Dora and her friends, led by Dora (Melanie Mendez) and Diego (Bert Rodriguez). Set against the backdrop inspired by the Miami metropolitan area, the storyline incorporates beloved songs from the series, including "I'm So Happy" and "Al Rescate, Amigos!" Along the way, the characters encounter challenges, engage in a vibrant Animal Carnivale event not seen in the TV series, and navigate the intricacies of friendship and teamwork. Unique to the live show are deviations from the original episodes, such as Dora and Rescue Pack sharing the stage and Diego using Rescue Pack. The performance resonates with themes of exploration, friendship, and celebration, creating a captivating experience for young audiences and families.

Overview[]

In 2007, families across the United States eagerly awaited the live theatrical adaptation of the beloved children's show, "Dora the Explorer." The tour kicked off in Louisville, KY, at the historic Palace Theater, setting the stage for an enchanting journey that would captivate young hearts and minds. As the curtain rose, the audience was transported to the vibrant world of Dora, Diego, and their friends, all brought to life by a talented cast led by Melanie Mendez as Dora and Bert Rodriguez as Diego.

The storyline of the live performance wove together several beloved songs from the "Dora the Explorer" repertoire, including the catchy "I'm So Happy," the adventurous "Al Rescate, Amigos!" and the rhythmic "Conga!" As Dora and Diego embarked on their mission, they encountered various challenges and met colorful characters like Baby Jaguar, portrayed by Joanne Amato. One of the standout moments was the Animal Carnivale event, a dazzling spectacle not seen in the original television episodes. This event became a pivotal part of the live show, showcasing a menagerie of creatures in a festive celebration.

A unique aspect of the live performance was the inclusion of certain characters and elements that deviated from the TV series. For instance, Dora and Rescue Pack shared the stage, even though they didn't interact in the original episodes. Similarly, Diego was depicted both wearing and utilizing Rescue Pack, adding a new dynamic to his character. These creative choices added depth and excitement to the live show, giving fans something fresh and unexpected.

Indirectly, another highlight of the tour was the special attention given to the setting. The Miami metropolitan area served as an inspiration, particularly evident in the design of the noise barriers featuring animal silhouettes along the region's major highways (mostly along I-95). These elements not only enhanced the visual appeal but also created an immersive experience, resonating with the Florida theme. The intricate details, such as the bird trio silhouettes resembling those seen when Diego ziplines, showcased the meticulous craftsmanship that went into crafting the production. Coincidentally, the live show's visit to Fort Lauderdale in 2007 coincided with the recent construction of new noise barriers imprinted with palm tree silhouettes along FL-826, further emphasizing the local connection. The audience, especially those familiar with the region's landmarks, felt an even stronger bond with the performance. Moreover, the timely opening of a western extension of FL-836 added another layer of excitement, symbolizing growth and exploration, which are central themes in "Dora the Explorer."

As the 2007 tour concluded and the 2008 dates were announced, it was clear that the live adaptation had struck a chord with audiences nationwide. The blend of familiar songs, engaging storyline, and innovative elements ensured that the legacy of "Dora the Explorer" continued to thrive beyond the television screen. Through the magic of theater, children and their families were reminded of the joy of discovery, friendship, and adventure, making it a truly unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

2007 Tour Dates[]

  • Feb. 1-4 - Louisville, KY - Palace Theater
  • Feb. 7-11 - Camden, NJ - Tweeter Center
  • Feb. 14-18 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
  • Feb. 20-25 - Chicago, IL - Rosemont Theatre
  • Feb. 28 - Mar. 4 - Baltimore, MD - France-Merrick PAC
  • Mar. 7-11 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
  • Mar. 14-18 - Wallingford, CT - Chevrolet Theatre
  • Mar. 21-25 - Boston, MA - Opera House
  • Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
  • Apr. 5-15 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall
  • Apr. 18-22 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
  • Apr. 24-25 - Grand Rapids, MI - DeVos Hall
  • Apr. 27-29 - Buffalo, NY - Shea's PAC
  • May 1-2 - Toledo, OH - Stranahan Theatre
  • May 4-6 - Cleveland, OH - Allen Theatre
  • May 9-13 - Nashville, TN - Andrew Jackson Hall
  • May 15-16 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
  • May 18-27 - Toronto, ONT - The Hummingbird Centre for the PA
  • June 4-6 - East Lansing, MI - Wharton Center
  • June 8-10 - Albany, NY - Albany Palace Theatre
  • June 11-14 - Knoxville, TN - Civic Auditorium
  • June 15-17 - Charlotte, NC - Blumenthal Center
  • June 18-21 - Jacksonville, FL - Times-Union Center
  • June 22-24 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay PAC
  • June 25-27 - Fort Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann
  • June 28 - July 1 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Broward Center for the PA
  • Oct. 5-7 - Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Theatre
  • Oct. 12-14 - Appleton, WI - Fox Cities Pac
  • Oct. 19-21 - Omaha, NE - Orpheum Theater
  • Oct. 27-28 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre
  • Nov. 10-11 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
  • Nov. 17-19 - Kansas City, MO - Music Hall
  • Nov. 24-25 - Rochester, NY - Auditorium Theatre

2008 Tour Dates[]

  • January 30-31 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
  • February 9 - Syracuse, NY - Landmark Theatre
  • February 16-17 - Providence, RI - Providence Pac
  • February 21-22 - Chicago, IL - Sears Center
  • February 29 - March 2 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
  • March 7-9 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
  • March 15-16 - Wallingford, CT - Chevrolet Theater
  • March 20 - Norfolk, VA - Chrysler Hall
  • March 26-30 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall
  • April 5-6 - Boston, MA - Opera House
  • April 25-27 - Cleveland, OH - Allen Theatre
  • May 2-4 - Cincinnati, OH - Aronoff Theatre
  • May 10-11 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
  • May 16-18 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre
  • May 31 - June 1 - St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre
  • June 14-15 - Miami, FL - Adrienne Arsht Center
  • June 18-19 - West Palm Beach, FL - Raymond F. Kravis Center for the PA
  • June 21-22 - Orlando, FL - UCF Arena
  • July 8 - Bosie, ID - Qwest Arena
  • July 10-11 - Seattle, WA - Wamu Theater
  • July 12-13 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden
  • July 16 - Reno, NV - Pioneer Center
  • July 19-20 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre

Songs[]

Cast[]

Trivia[]

  • The live show has some differences when compared to the actual episode:
    • Diego and Alicia are in their casual outfits instead of their special Jaguar Day shirts.
    • The live show contains a Animal Carnivale event taken place that's not in the episode.
    • Both Dora and Rescue Pack appear in the live show, but not in the episode.
      • For Click, it is the other way around where she appears in the episode, but not the live show.
      • In fact, the live show features Diego both wearing and using Rescue Pack.
  • When Dora first appears, an abridged version of the Dora the Explorer Live theme song is heard. This is the only song not in the album for the stage show.

Indirect Inspiration[]

  • The Miami metropolitan area in the state of Florida most likely served as an inspiration for the live show, particularly evident in the design of the noise barriers (both shoulder-mounted and ground-mounted) featuring various animal silhouettes for a "Florida" theme along I-95 between Exit 4 at the 36th Street Interchange in Midtown Miami, and (at the time) Exit 79 at FL-786 (PGA Blvd.) in Palm Beach Gardens (near West Palm Beach). Most of the silhouettes imprinted on these noise barriers primarily consist of a flying bird trio (resembling those seen flying around Diego every time he ziplines during the Al Rescate/Una Adventura songs). In addition to these flying bird trio silhouettes, these noise barriers on I-95 are also imprinted with sandhill silhouettes, fish silhouettes, dolphin silhouettes, and even lizard silhouettes.
    • There are a couple coincidental aspects to this:
      • Another separate live show was later held exclusively within the Miami metropolitan area in 2009 at the Miami MetroZoo (now Zoo Miami).
      • Both Matthew Gumley (the voice of Benny in Seasons 5-7 of the main Dora the Explorer cartoon) and Maria Canals-Barrera (the voice of Abuela in the Dora reboot) were both born within the Miami metropolitan area, with the former being from West Palm Beach and the latter from Miami proper.
      • The Miami metropolitan area is one of three major US regions that Matt Hunter (the singing voice of Diego in both Seasons 4 and 5 of Go, Diego, Go!, and Season 6 of the main Dora the Explorer cartoon) often splits his time living in, with the other two regions being New York City, New York and Los Angeles, California.
    • Around the time the live show's 2007 tour came to Fort Lauderdale, similar noise barriers imprinted with palm tree silhouettes (almost like the palm tree seen in the symbol for the Animal Rescue Center) were constructed along FL-826 (Palmetto Expressway) between FL-976 (SW 40 St./Bird Rd.) near Glenvar Heights, and FL-968 (Flagler St.) in Doral.
      • While the noise barriers along FL-826 were only recently constructed at the time, the majority of the noise barriers along I-95 were actually constructed in the 1980s (way before the live show (and really the Dora the Explorer franchise as a whole) came to existence).
        • However, most of the noise barriers along I-95 in Miami (specifically those between Exit 4 at the 36th Street Interchange, and Exit 12 at the Golden Glades Interchange) were not constructed until sometime between 2001-2002 (whilst Dora the Explorer was nearing the end of Season 1 and the beginning of Season 2 (as well as finishing the production of Season 2 and beginning the production of Season 3), so about a year and a half prior to Diego's debut in Season 3). Additionally, those found in West Palm Beach (between Exit 69 at both Belvedere Road and the entrance to Palm Beach International Airport, and Exit 79 at FL-786 (PGA Blvd.)) were later constructed as part of a widening project between 200?-2008.
    • Six days before the live show's 2007 tour came to Fort Lauderdale, a western extension of FL-836 (Dolphin Expressway) from the HEFT to FL-825 (NW 137 Ave./Lindgren Rd.) opened on June 22 of that year.
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