In this sparkling musical adventure, Barbie stars as Tori, the kind-hearted princess of Meribella who would rather sing and dance than perform her royal duties. When her favorite pop star Keira visits the kingdom, the girls discover they have much in common, including a magical secret that lets them look like one another. At first, swapping places seems like a great idea, until each girl realizes that the other’s life isn’t as easy as it seems! But Meribella also has a magical secret, and when it’s stolen, the whole kingdom is put in danger. Will true friendship save the day? Filled with fantastic songs, fabulous fashions, and fun new friends, it’s an exciting musical celebration that shows the best thing you can be is yourself!
Basically a modern variation on the classic Mark Twain story "The Prince and the Pauper," Barbie: The Princess and the Popstar is a music-filled story about two high-profile girls, one a princess and one a pop singer, who appreciate their own fortunate circumstances, but sometimes long for simpler lives. Tori loves being a princess, but sometimes she wishes for fewer responsibilities and more time for fun--something she thinks her idol, pop star Keira, must have plenty of. While Keira is living her dream as a performer, she's frustrated with all the time-consuming logistics her job entails. She wishes she just had some leisure time to write songs and relax--and leisure is something she assumes a princess's life is full of. Tori and Keira meet and discover that, with a little help from a couple of magical accessories, they can switch places for a day. The girls find out that life is complicated whether you're a princess or a pop star, but when they are prevented from switching back to their own lives before a big concert, things get really messy. Add in Keira's manager, whose main concern is promoting his own career, and a dire threat to a hidden secret that's vital to the entire kingdom, and the stakes suddenly become very high. This production is full of catchy pop music that includes a cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." The program paints a glitzy picture of life in the spotlight that girls ages 3 to 8 will love--never mind that parents will swear they've heard this story before. --Tami Horiuchi