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Taking Names: Winehouse’s father stops play on daughter’s life
Amy Winehouse’s father has stopped the production 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 Monday.
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 use of drugs and alcohol.
The Grammy-winning British soul singer, known for her beehive hairdo, died from alcohol poisoning in July last year at the age of 27.
The Toronto crowd booed Sunday when the 18-year-old pop star’s face popped up on the JumboTron screen. They booed when a host spoke his name. And they booed as he took the stage and throughout his medley of the chart-topper “Boyfriend” and the disco-inflected “Beauty and a Beat.”
If Mr. Bieber was bothered, it didn’t show.
Earlier in the week, Mr. Bieber was presented with a Diamond Jubilee Medal by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and caused a scene by wearing overalls, unbuttoned on one shoulder, over a white T-shirt, with a backward baseball cap.
The Canadian Football League may have been hoping to court Mr. Bieber’s army of tween followers on Sunday. But recent Grey Cup halftime performers have skewed toward the comparatively heavy likes of Nickelback and Lenny Kravitz.
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