Denise Marsa’s The Pass Musical Official Selection 2021 United Solo Festival November 18, 9PM

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Contact: Jordani Sarreal, publicist@keymediapublicrelations.com

A Story about Songwriting and the Human Spirit

(New York, New York, Tuesday, October 12, 2021) – In September 2018 The Pass premiered in London at The Playground Theatre. Journalists who attended the two performances expressed their strong support for the piece. London Theatre 1 Chris Omaweng wrote, “A nuanced and fascinating show. It all fits like a glove.” Encouraged by the glowing reviews the author of the show, singer-songwriter Denise Marsa was invigorated and gained the momentum she needed to stay on track with the project. She explained “I set out to tell my story about an artist who never quite gets to where she wants to be, although she comes close. She applies focus, tenacity, and determination. Though her talent was continuously praised, she still never really hits it big. There are many shows about artists and bands that have reached the pinnacle of success, this is a story about not getting to the top. About doing what you love, no matter what the consequences, and staying relevant in a constantly changing industry. This show is more about me coming to terms with my long, winding, and often frustrating career path and exposing my vulnerability.” 

The Pass was initially developed in 2017 with theater legend Gretchen Cryer mentoring Denise every step of the way. The show is a compelling series of autobiographical vignettes incorporating songs and stories penned and performed by award-winning singer-songwriter Denise Marsa, featuring renowned New York musician Tracy Stark on keys. Denise recounts her career spanning the decades – beginning at the end of the 70s, pushing through the highly volatile and emotional 80’s, continuing through the start of the tech-driven 90s, and on into the 21st century. The show is a testament to the human spirit, a raw biographical performance, comprised of life-defining moments, humor, heartbreak, and self-discovery, accompanied by beautiful music. Tickets are on sale now: https://unitedsolo.org/shows/the-pass-musical/.  For more information about Denise Marsa please visit: DeniseMarsaMusic.com

Team The Pass Musical: 

About Denise Marsa: Denise is best known internationally for the UK #3 hit, “Lucky Stars,” a duet she performed with Dean Friedman. She went on to become the lead voice on The Flirts international Billboard charting dance record, “Helpless” (You Took My Love). Marsa has been under contract as a songwriter with Warner Bros. London and Warner/Chappell in Los Angeles. Marsa has released two solo albums, Self and Live Forever on her own label, KeyMedia Music Group. Her song “Steady,” from her second release, won Best Song and Production in the Adult Contemporary category at the 2013 New Mexico Music Awards. Her Marsa Music catalog is currently being administered by BMG Rights Management. They are co-producing her new solo show The Pass Musical. 

About USTF: The United Solo Theatre Festival is the world’s largest solo theatre festival held at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York City. Omar Sangare is both the founder and artistic director. The festival features many categories of solo shows, including storytelling, puppetry, dance, multimedia, improvisations, stand-up, magic, drama, and comedy. Since its inaugural edition, the festival proceeds have been used to raise money for The Actors Fund.

Writing Remembering

At any given moment, we may write what we think and feel. We put it down, we proclaim, we spit it out, we share with whatever our intentions were/are at the time we write. Saying something is one thing, however writing it down is another. Perhaps we write things down in order to not forget, or in order to remember. Words.

Here is my recently published story about THE PASS, a musical. http://theaterlife.com/the-pass/

There are two sides to a live theater experience: THE PASS: THE AUDIENCE

Putting together THE PASS has been an eye opening and all encompassing experience for me. There are no short cuts, no splicing of tape with a razor, which is how I learned to edit in the studio before Protools. (photo Delia Derbyshire, see more here: http://www.effectrode.com/echorec-3/delia-derbyshire/ delia_derbyshire_radiophonic_workshop_1965

There is the experience of creating the piece, pulling it together, after you have written it, with various collaborators, musicians, coaches, directors, producers, lighting designers, stage design, projections, sound design, the theater, the publicist, the journalists, and all… to reach its final destination: THE AUDIENCE. That’s the other side.

My working on THE PASS has been the most intense, & exciting,  gut wrenching, out of my comfort zone & scary experience in my professional music career. We open on 9/27 in London at The Playground Theatre. I am going back to where it all started. London. Sharing (truly) my stories along the way. Before and after…I first stepped foot on the land of cars driving on the other side of the street. When I fell in love with England.

There are always other sides, other stories, other ways of being, other songs and other days. These days…are these days and these are no ordinary days for me.

and today I discovered Delia Derbyshire.

See you in London!

 

Pinpointing My Dream

Dream

After basking in the afterglow of my first performance of THE PASS, my one woman show including original songs, I now say: What’s Next? A dream is a pure thing, beautiful and nebulous as a cloud, filled with light. But to successfully mount a show a dream is unfortunately not enough. I have a vision; I need a plan. To an artist, making the vision concrete can be the hardest part. Luckily, over the years I have formed and developed my own production company, and have handled the careers of indie musicians (and other artists) whose work I respect. Now is the time to apply the same concentration to my own show that I’ve applied to dozens of other careers.

So, today, I have been starting the submission for a new musical festival, here in NYC.  If we get it, it will help with the funding needed to take THE PASS to the next level and around the country, hopefully even around the world. Oh dare I dream that big? Why not!! So this type of working on a dream,  involves dealing with all the tedious parts of an application such as finding documents and filling out information fields–the exact opposite of bursting into song. Setting my sights on the goal, the end results of entertaining people for a 90 minutes of songs and stories,  I am doing it, while running my PR/Production company as well! That is also a part of me, helping others! www.keymediapublicreations.com

I can break through into a life that is better and where I can be my best self–the expressive songstress me. I can see myself traveling to cities and sharing THE PASS.

It’s right there…