Amy Winehouse’s family is involved in a project to turn her life story into a musical. Mitch Winehouse, her father, says it will focus on her musical gift and bright personality rather than the drug addiction that was so focused on in the media.
“A musical celebrating her life and music is being talked about for the near future,” said Mitch in an interview with The Sun. “It is something I’d really like to happen and I’ve said I’m happy for it to go ahead.”
Amy, a documentary that chronicles the basic steps of Winehouse’s life, showed a darkly adventurous and sweet side of the singer that left audiences in awe. However, Amy, while moving, has content that is difficult for her family members to have to see. Mitch did not approve of the documentary and described it as “very hurtful,” noting that it “did not show her sense of fun.” He is working on his own documentary about Winehouse alongside the musical idea, which he hopes to show on the West End.
“We want to do something that remembers Amy for what she was, there’s so much more to her than just the drugs and the alcohol.”
Amy Winehouse was a singer and songwriter known for her uniquely low range and soulful mixing of classical genres. Her debut album, Frank, was a success and critically acclaimed in 2003. Back To Black, her second, won five Grammys in a single night. Winehouse instantly became the first female artist to win that many awards in one evening, and the first British woman to achieve five Grammys.
“She’s only 24 with six Grammy nominations, crashing headfirst into success and despair, with a codependent husband in jail, exhibitionist parents with questionable judgement, and the paparazzi documenting her emotional and physical distress.”
It is often the case that immensely talented young artists with barely a head on their shoulders are taken advantage of. The Philadelphia Inquirer points to a number of possible malfeasances within Winehouse’s life that could explain her actions and the lifestyle that eventually led to her death. However, the reasons behind Winehouse’s life story are not necessarily for everyone to know. For now, the public can expect to hear Winehouse’s family’s version of how her life went as a musical on the West End.