Go, Diego, Go Live! The Great Jaguar Rescue roared into The Opera House in Boston tonight. I saw the show with my daughter, 5. She and the more than 1,000 children were throughly entertained for the 90-minute show. The new, live-action stage show follows Diego, his sister Alicia, and famed-cousin Dora on an action-packed, mission to get Baby Jaguar’s growl back from the Bobo Brothers, a pair of mischievous spider monkeys. During the two-act show, Diego, Alicia, Dora, & Baby Jaguar enlist the audience's help to rescue animals, navigate through the rainforest, and pass a giant waterfall to get to the Animal Carnivale.
"My favorite part of the show was the animals in the rainforest," said my daughter Bella. "And, I liked when I got to jump over the coconuts with the dancing coconut trees."
While the show features familiar tunes and characters from the Go Diego Go, a Nick Jr. television show, I was not as impressed with this show as with Dora the Explorer Live!, which sold close to three million tickets during its domestic run and wrapped up its third touring season.
But my opinion probably doesn't matter. You would be hard pressed not to find a child in the audience under age 8 (which also happens to be how old Diego is) who was not singing, laughing, dancing, and having a fabulous time. Diego & Alicia encourage little ones to stand up and to dance & sing along with them. All children received free Jaguar masks, which they used throughout the show to help Diego and his anaimal pals. The show features live performers and puppets. Toddlers may find the pyramid scene slightly scary, as the theatre does go black.
There are still some tickets available for the rest of the show's run in Boston. Show schedule is Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday at 11 a.m., 2 & 5 p.m.
Tickets ($21-$53.50) for Go, Diego, Go Live! The Great Jaguar Rescue are available by visiting www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and directly at The Opera House Box Office, 539 Washington Street in Boston.