Every one needs a Ken.
Or so sings Barbie as the audience takes their seats before the pink glitter curtain is raised for Barbie Live! The Musical, which starts its Australian leg in Melbourne on Saturday.
“Chai lattes, noon pilates/ Seaweed facials too.
“It’s all included with you.”
What a guy.
But the main message behind Barbie Live! is the power of friendship and self-belief.
Barbie encourages her co-star Teresa to believe in herself and overcome her fears through songs such as Look How High We Can Fly.
Kobi Rozenfeld, international director and choreographer of Barbie Live!, has worked with the likes of Beyonce and Britney Spears. He has also been a judge on So You Think You Can Dance.
“(Working with) Beyonce was a huge dream that came true but Barbie was much more fun for for me,” he says.
“I had a lot of freedom to create something contemporary and very edgy.”
Barbie might be a perky, slim blonde with a plethora of pink clothes, but Rozenfeld says the show includes an ethnically diverse cast and is focused on her friendship with Teresa, not her appearance.
“There is nothing in the script about how she (Barbie) looks,” he says.
“The main message for young girls is that she can be whoever she wants and she can do whatever career that she wants.”
Barbie is played by American performer Chelsea Bernier, 24, who says it’s rewarding to be in a show that inspires children.
“It’s nice to be part of something that is not putting toxic stuff into the world and that teaches kids to be brave and to believe in themselves,” she says.
Mattel introduced Barbie the Teen-Age Fashion Model to a toy fair in New York in 1959 and the doll has had more than 130 career changes since.
Barbie has been a nurse, a vet, an astronaut and a CEO. She even launched a bid for the White House in the 1990s.
BARBIE LIVE! AUSTRALIAN SHOWS:
April 5-7 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
April 11 & 12 – Brisbane Convention Exhibition Centre
April 17 to 19 – Theatre Royal, Sydney
April 25 & 26 – Challenge Stadium, Perth