THE PASS Synopsis

This is a solo show with no arrogance. 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. – A Younger Theater, ANNA ZANETTI

THE PASS is an honest and intimate look at the ups and downs of a musician working in the music business through four decades. Unwilling to compromise her ideals and vision of success, singer-songwriter Denise Marsa tells her story through 18 vignettes with her original music intertwined.    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. Meet Denise the explorer, innovator, a woman drenched in tenacity; unwilling to play the game by anyone else’s rules but her own.  

Running time: 80 minutes  
Themes: Artistic Survival, Empowerment, Equality, Not Giving Up, Self-Acceptance, Self-Expression, Defiance, Ageism in the music business  
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Editor's Pick: This Week London 
Tracy & Denise London Premiere September 27, 2018

Principal Players

About Denise Marsa: Originally born in Trenton, New Jersey, Denise Marsa has been writing, singing and producing her own music for decades.  She started performing in musical theater as a young girl and studied theater and fine arts at the University of Arizona. After college she moved to NYC and started getting attention from the music industry and fans alike. A self-taught musician, she has been mixing genres (pop, rock, classical, theatrical and Americana) since first moving to NYC in the 70’s. At the start of her career she performed in many NYC clubs including Max’s Kansas City Easter Festival with The Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads. The culmination of her career premiered at The Playground Theatre in London, as a music project in the forthcoming production of THE PASS.

In the spring of 2016 Denise formed a publishing alliance with BMG US. Previously her songs have been published worldwide by Warner Brothers Music, UK and Warner/Chappell Music, LA, and lived and worked in both cities as she developed her work. She joined the indie revolution at its start while living in Los Angeles in 1997 and self released two solo albums SELF and LIVE FOREVER (2012) on her label KeyMedia Music Group. The track STEADY from LIVE FOREVER won the 2013 Best Adult Contemporary Recording at the New Mexico Music Awards. In addition, for the past ten years Denise has been mentoring, managing and producing new young talent and several collections of artists have been released through her record label. In 2008 Denise started KeyMedia Public Relations and Denise Marsa Productions in 2010. Denise started her career as the other lead voice on Dean Friedman’s duet LUCKY STARS and the THE FLIRTS (You Took My Love).

About Tracy Stark: Musical Director, Pianist, is a 8-time MAC Award winner, in the categories of Music Director, Piano Bar Entertainer, and Song of the Year. She is also a Bistro Award winner for Musical Direction, and winner of the Dottie Burman Songwriter of the Year Award. Tracy has worked with Lesley Gore, Phoebe Snow, Karen Black, Randy Jones (Village People), Jimmy Osmond, Tovah Feldshuh, Eric Millegan, Tonya Pinkins, Ann Crumb, Marni Nixon, and hundreds of other rock, jazz, and broadway vocalists. Tracy has conducted, played, and sung at all the finest and the sleaziest venues all over the world. She has played/conducted on numerous television shows, including The Today Show. For more info please visit: www.TracyStark.com