From the Associated Press:
Barbie, the doll with an envy-inspiring figure, wardrobe and array of careers, is taking human form for the first time.
Actress Erin Coors will star in Barbie's first stage show: "Barbie Live in Fairytopia," Mattel announced Monday.
The 24-year-old Coors called the role "a girl's dream come true."
"It's very personal to me," Coors said. "It's not just putting on a character, but remembering everything she was to me when I was little."
The stage show, inspired by last year's direct-to-video "Barbie Fairytopia" film, opens in Columbus, Ohio, on April 1 and is slated to reach 80 American cities over the next two years.
The show combines child-friendly entertainment with elements of a Broadway musical, said Barry Waldo, Mattel's director of entertainment. It features original music and a set decorated with 100 pounds of glitter, he said.
"For the first time, we're going to be able to take Barbie to little girls," Waldo said. "Live entertainment is going to personalize the experience in a whole new way."