Danish theater cancels Amy Winehouse play

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Amy Winehouse’s father has stopped the performance in Denmark of a play about the late British singer, declining permission for the use of her music and photos in the production, officials said today.

The play “Amy,” which was to have opened on Jan. 30 in a 220-seat theater in central Copenhagen, was based on interviews, concerts, Winehouse’s letters and newspaper articles. Denmark’s Royal Theater had earlier been granted a permit to perform the play by the Danish copyright agency Koda.

“We acted in good faith when we gave them the permission for the performance. We believed that the format — a theater play — was OK,” Koda spokesman Nicolaj Hylten-Cavallius said. “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.”

“Amy,” written by a group of 11 Danish playwrights, depicted her life and relationship with drugs and alcohol.

The Grammy-winning British soul singer, known for her beehive hairdo, died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

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