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Tour Dates For Barbie Live In Fairytopia Are Announced

Real Live Barbie Wannabees Try Out For Stage Show

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Hopefuls try out for role of Barbie in Fairytopia in live stage show.

Hopefuls try out for role of Barbie in Fairytopia in live stage show.

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I have had quite a bit of interest expressed for more information regarding the "Barbie Live in Fairytopia" tour. So, here is a sneak peek at the live auditions for the stage show, and also some major tour dates which have just been announced!

Small Theaters Are Chosen For The Tour; Several Cities Announced

Mattel and tour promoter Clear Channel have announced 31 tour dates for the "Barbie Live in Fairytopia", stage show that will bring the popular Barbie Fairytopia movie to life. The first leg of the tour will kick off in Columbus, Ohio, at the Palace Theatre on April 1, 2006, and the tour will then continue on to 80 cities within North America. Some markets which have already been scheduled include Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit and Washington D.C. Tickets for several markets are already on sale, with additional venues to follow in the coming months. One surprise, for me at least, is that I expected this to be a bit like "Disney On Ice" playing in big, basketball arenas. I was wrong! Each venue will seat only 1,500 - 3,000 people, which will provide a much more theater-like experience. Ticket prices will vary by venue but will average $22 to $25 per ticket. To purchase tickets, and for additional tour date information, visit www.barbielive.com.

Casting For Production Has Begun

Casting for the production began in New York earlier this month, with open auditions for the starring role of Barbie. The audition of the Barbie hopefuls was featured on "Good Morning America" on the ABC Network. The audition was held at the Chelsea Studios for the role of Barbie as Elina, a wingless fairy in the land of Fairytopia. The actress cast in this leading role will be announced early next year.

Elina Is An Intricate Role

"The actress that we end up casting in the role of Elina must have tremendous singing and dancing skills, as well as strong athletic capabilities. Barbie Live in Fairytopia' will tour 80 cities and is an elaborate stage production that includes a number of special effects--including flying, " said Eric Schaeffer, the production's director. "The actress we cast needs to have the sparkle and charisma necessary to act as the world's most famous fashion doll in our production."

Dates Announced For Barbie Live In Fairytopia As Of December 15, 2005

*Tickets currently on-sale

APRIL 1-2 COLUMBUS, OH PALACE THEATRE*

APRIL 5-9 DETROIT, MI FOX THEATRE*

APRIL 12-15 CHICAGO, IL AUDITORIUM THEATRE*

APRIL 19-23 BOSTON, MA WANG THEATRE*

APRIL 25-26 MUNCIE, IN EMMONS AUDITORIUM

APRIL 28-30 WALLINGFORD, CT CHEVROLET THEATRE

MAY 3-4 ERIE, PA WARNER THEATRE

MAY 5-7 BUFFALO, NY SHEA'S BUFFALO

MAY 9-10 FT. WAYNE, IN EMBASSY THEATRE

MAY 12-14 MEMPHIS, TN ORPHEUM THEATRE

MAY 16-17 SPRINGFIELD, MO HAMMONS HALL

MAY 19-21 MILWAUKEE, WI MARCUS PAC

MAY 31- JUNE 4 BALTIMORE, MD NEW HIPPODROME

JUNE 6-7 KNOXVILLE, TN CIVIC AUDITORIUM

JUNE 9-11 FT. LAUDERDALE, FL BROWARD PAC

JUNE 13-14 MELBOURNE, FL MAXWELL KING CENTER

JUNE 16-18 TAMPA, FL TAMPA BAY PAC

JUNE 21-25 WASHINGTON, DC WARNER THEATRE

JULY 11-12 RICHMOND, VA LANDMARK THEATRE

JULY 14-16 CHARLOTTE, NC BELK THEATRE

JULY 18-19 DAYTON, OH SCHUSTER THEATRE

JULY 21-23 CINCINNATI, OH THE ARONOFF

JULY 25-26 PEORIA, IL CIVIC CENTER

JULY 28-30 CLEVELAND, OH PALACE THEATRE

AUGUST 1-2 LITTLE ROCK, AR ROBINSON AUDITORIUM

AUGUST 4-6 LOUISVILLE, KY PALACE THEATRE

AUGUST 8-13 FT. WORTH, TX BASS HALL

AUGUST 16-20 LOS ANGELES, CA KODAK THEATRE

AUGUST 22-23 FRESNO, CA SAROYAN THEATRE

AUGUST 25-27 SAN DIEGO, CA CIVIC CENTER

AUGUST 30 - SEPT 3 SACRAMENTO, CA COMMUNITY CENTER

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