Amy Winehouse play cancelled after family objections

By Daniel S Levine,

A play about the late Amy Winehouse that was supposed to open in Copenhagen in January has been cancelled after her father objected to the producers using her image and music.

Winehouse spokesman Chris Goodman told The AP that Mitch Winehouse and the family had never approved of the play Amy, which was penned by 11 Danish playwrights.

According to The New York Times, Amy was supposed to tell the story of the singer’s troubled life, which was highlighted by the massive critical success of Back to Black, her second album. It was based on her interviews, concert videos and letters.

The play was supposed to open on Jan. 30 at a 220-seat theater in the Danish capital.

“We acted in good faith when we gave them the permission for the performance we believed that the format — a theater play — was OK,” a spokesman for the copyright agency Koda told the AP. “We were told by her father and the lawyers around him that we can forget all about the rights for the music, the photos, branding and everything.”

Winehouse died in July 2011 of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. Her family has approved two posthumous releases so far, including last winter’s Lioness and a collection of BBC recordings, which is due out this week.

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