Amy Winehouse Musical Shelved Over Musical Rights
By Adam Hetrick
A planned stage musical based on the life and music of late singer Amy Winehouse, which was to debut in Copenhagen early next year, has been canceled, according to the Telegraph.
The new musical was scuttled after rights to utilize Winehouse's music were pulled by a Danish copywright agency. Set to premiere Jan. 30, 2013, at the Danish Royal Theatre, the production also incorporated Winehouse's actual words, compiled from interviews, awards speeches, concerts and various newspaper stories, letters and the singer's own songs.
The singer's family was not involved in the production.
Amy, as it was billed, was said to explore "the enormous pressure a sensationalist public put on a young superstar when her problems began." Johanne Louise Schmidt was cast as Winehouse.
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.
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.
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