Guys and Dolls

NEW YORK — When New York City Ballet’s master in chief, Peter Martins, handpicked principal dancer Charles Askegard to serve as the model for Ken in last year’s computer-animated DVD "Barbie in the Nutcracker," it wasn’t the...

The Barbie and Ken "Nutcracker" has been such a hit that sources say Mattel now is readying a similar version of "Swan Lake" for release during next year’s holiday season. Askegard would only confirm that he’s working on another project with the toy company. It would be the third holiday DVD released by Mattel, including this year’s "Rapunzel," which had no ballet.

But who could turn down these perks? A "Nutcracker" Ken action figure, inspired by Askegard, was released last year, not to mention his fan base now spans all ages. "Everywhere I go, all the little girls know all about ‘Barbie in the Nutcracker,’" he says. "I even had people in my apartment building come up and say, ‘Hey, I saw you in the credit.’"
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