THE PASS, a musical

Denise Marsa & Tracy Stark at Revelation Gallery performing THE PASS 11/26/19

Revelation Gallery, NYC

DENISE MARSA ROCKS THE HOUSE – On Tuesday night, Denise Marsa gave a performance in a small space that was all Broadway and Big Lights. Her storytelling mixed with music was unique, fresh, and full of life. Her songwriting and storytelling ability were matched by her incredible voice that ranged from pop to Gospel to R&B. This was a rare and brilliant performance that wowed the audience for two hours, taking us all on the musical roller coaster of Marsa’s life journey. Look out for Marsa’s one of a kind brand of story and music; you don’t want to miss this. – STEPHEN PREZIOSI

St John’s in the Village was honoured to host Denise Marsa’s first New York City performance of her show THE PASS at Revelation Gallery on 26 November 2019. The audience and I were as delighted by her emotive, expressive, and powerful voice as by her rich professional and personal narratives, to which we all, in our different ways, could so readily relate. Denise’s performance was engagingly entertaining, seductively warm, and poignantly candid. Her songwriting is both musically and textually accomplished. Tracy Stark, piano, is an exemplary accompanist and sensitive backing vocalist and the ensemble between the two performers was well-rehearsed and delicately nuanced in performance. The show received a standing ovation from a musically and culturally discerning audience. – Fr Graeme Napier, Rector, St John’s in the Village

What a joyful evening!    The story of Denise’s life…in song.  Brilliant. She brought me through a full range of emotions, from joy, to sorrow, and then back again! That’s the gift of a true artist.  – Mark Reiter

November 26, 2019 was an Invigorating, scintillating Evening to Remember, and I don’t mean just because it was my mother’s birthday in heaven.   Denise Marsa’s one woman show had panache, gumption, wisdom, maximum talent, and heartfelt personal touches.  Very ably accompanied by Tracy Stark on piano, Denise knocked the ball out the park and licked clean the entertainment plate.  I understand she has applied for a grant from NY  Women’s Theatre Fund, to be awarded next March.  Denise Marsa richly deserves it.  Go, Denise!” – John Early

Denise Marsa presented a dramatization of critical times in her life as a songwriter and performing artist. Every song was written by her with a beauty and deep meaning that developed from one song to the other describing the direction of her life as it was shaped and pulled. 
Her songs are beautiful and varied, the lyrics are strong, clear and lucid. She performs them with depth, deep feeling and impeccable skill and understanding. She knows intuitively how to bring the emotions right to the listener. The culmination of all the songs was so dramatic and touching that it left one hoping for the next to come. – ShiZ’ka & Edmund Arkus

THE PASS is a unique combination of song and story highlighting Denise Marsa’s entertainingly heartwarming take on career and relationships. It’s a show spanning decades, combining nostalgic appeal with contemporary relevance, as well as songs which will linger in your head for days. Featuring Tracy Stark on piano.

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“A nuanced and fascinating show.” – London Theatre 1

“Denise Marsa is one of a kind. She’s a force of nature, a life-affirming singer, an overwhelmingly positive presence. Under the veil of glitter and naivety there are some beautifully deep gems to take home.” – A Younger 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

“It’s all about, as the programme tells the audience, ‘songs and vignettes’, and as all the material is Marsa’s own, it all fits like a glove. 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.” read full review by – Chris Omaweng 

Excerpts from London premiere 2018, The Playground Theatre

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