26 Oct 2012
A new musical based on the life of late troubled British singer Amy Winehouse, whose voice captured a bygone era of '60s groove that meshed with contemporary R&B, will premiere at the Danish Royal Theatre in Copenhagen this January, according to the BBC.
The singer, who earned acclaim for her 2007 album "Back to Black," battled drugs and alcohol during a very publicized downward spiral, which resulted in her death at the age of 26 in July 2011.
The new musical, which is set to premiere Jan. 30, 2013, will incorporate Winehouse's actual words, compiled from interviews, awards speeches, concerts and various newspaper stories, letters and the singer's own songs. It will also include material Winehouse wrote and performed.
The singer's family is not involved in the production.
Johanne Louise Schmidt will portray Winehouse in the play that explores "the enormous pressure a sensationalist public put on a young superstar when her problems began," according to presenters.
Winehouse also released the 2003 album "Frank." Her material ranged from R&B, pop-influenced songs like "Rehab," "F*ck Me Pumps" and "Stronger Than Me" to standards including "Someone to Watch Over Me," "There Is No Greater Love." She also recorded the jazz standard "Body and Soul" with Tony Bennett for his "Duets II" album.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.