The BBC reports that a live stage play based on the life and music of the late hard-living UK songstress Amy Winehouse is in the works. The play is expected to debut in Copenhagen in 2013.
Winehouse – who had a constant history of alcohol and drug abuse – was a highly successful but ultimately troubled young artist who, with her unique jazz infused soulful voice, garnered several awards and recognitions such as five Grammys (the first British female singer to achieve this) and the bestselling UK album of the 21st century at the time with Back to Black, among several others. She died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27.
The play will feature music from two of Winehouse’s albums (the only two actually), Frank and Back to Black, and will focus on "the enormous pressure a sensationalist public put on a young superstar when her problems began,” according to the play’s organizers.
Interestingly enough, a spokesperson for the event confirmed that the family of the late singer is in no way involved with the project.
It has also been confirmed that Winehouse will be played by 29-year-old actress Johanne Louise Schmidt who’s biggest claim to fame was a role on the Danish television series Hjælp, det er jul (Help, it’s Christmas).
As far as the story goes, the play will take inspiration from several interviews, acceptance speeches, newspaper articles, concerts, letters and song lyrics. The play itself is set to open show on January 30th at the Danish Royal Theatre's 220-capacity Red Room.