Singer-Songwriter Denise Marsa Catches the Spotlight
THE PASS: Songs & Vignettes
World Premiere September 27 & 29, 2018 The Playground Theatre London
“Denise Marsa is not afraid to stand up and say ‘this is who I am’. This is not a simple process and can take a lifetime to achieve-to throw off the shackles of our personal and cultural history. Denise stands before us, in her one woman show, and achieves this. She does this through song and storytelling that is of the highest quality. Highly recommended.” – Peter Tate, Artistic Director, The Playground Theatre, London
“The evening proved educational as well as inspirational for this reviewer – there was so much about Denise Marsa beyond ‘Lucky Stars’, the song she duetted with Dean Friedman in the late Seventies. But whatever your level of familiarity with Marsa, her life and her career, it’s good to be reminded of the importance of keeping everything in perspective. A nuanced and fascinating show. It all fits like a glove.” – London Theatre 1
“Denise Marsa is one of a kind. She’s a force of nature, a life-affirming singer, an overwhelmingly positive presence. Fueled by her passion, she walks on stage with total confidence. Completely at ease in the spotlight, she delivers The Pass, her own story put in music. Touching honesty in her exploration of her love life. Marsa teaches us that “The Pass” to success is actually believing in yourself and keeping positive, no matter what. Stay grateful and stay genuine, and the rest will follow. The songs are the real soul of the show, although tunes are at times reminiscent of Disney movies and the lyrics sound like simplified versions of Rent’s. The storytelling is simple, but effective. Songs simply flow out of Marsa’s life, as much as her life can be traced back and pinned down in songs – they are one and the same thing. One just feels sorry not to know the lyrics, as the temptation to sing along is quite strong. Under the veil of glitter and naivety there are some beautifully deep gems to take home.” – A Younger Theatre, London
Meet Denise the explorer, innovator, a woman drenched in tenacity; unwilling to play the game by anyone else’s rules but her own.
In defying the stereotypes of the often sexist, not to mention ruthless, music industry, Denise has proven that a true voice will triumph. She hopes to inspire the audience to always be true to their own voices and to have the courage to sing out loud. It all started with Denise sneaking into the New York University Department of Music and Music Education practice rooms.
Travel with Denise as she starts her career towards the end of the 70’s through the highly volatile and emotional 80’s continuing on through the start of the tech driven 90’s into the 21st century. From her start in her West Village studio apartment dating from 1810, to London to West Hollywood and back again, Denise shares her stories.
Experience some of the key situations that have shaped her as an artist, woman and entrepreneur and hear the songs that have been created in the process. From pop star, to record label owner, artist manager and producer, lover and partner, to publicist and marketer, her life and music are expressed through laughter, joy, disappointment, passion and power. (read more about THE PASS)
In 2010 Denise Marsa Productions was started and became the sister company for both KeyMedia Public Relations and KeyMedia Music Group. The intention is for DMP to focus on the creative facilitation and output of content (music, videos, theatrical releases). Founder Denise Marsa known for her work as an award winning international singer-songwriter and producer, also spent over ten years mentoring, producing and managing new young talent and has released dozens of recordings on her label KeyMedia Music Group.
The Pass London premiere trailer coming soon.