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a raw biographical performance comprised of life-defining moments, humour, heartbreak, and self-discovery accompanied by beautiful music…

THE PASS MUSICAL: The story of Denise Marsa’s development as a musician, artist, and individual is told in this original music project featuring anecdotes and vignettes recounted against a background of her original compositions.

Travel with Denise as she starts her career towards the end of the 70s through the highly volatile and emotional 80’s continuing on through the start of the tech-driven 90s 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. 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.

In defying the stereotypes of the often sexist, ageist and 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.

Known originally in the UK as the mystery voice on Dean Friedman’s classic hit record “Lucky Stars,” (multi-platinum single) Denise stands up and tells her engaging story; presenting her often heart-warming, funny, and poignant stories intertwined with her original songs, as a 90-minute part-concert-part live theatre documentary. The show premiered in 2018 at the Playground Theater in London, England to outstanding reviews.  London’s A Younger Theatre, wrote: “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.”

“The Pass” is a must-see if you are looking to be inspired, and feel good, a story about perseverance, staying true to oneself, and riding the merry-go-round of the music business as a young and now a mature woman.


Theatre Weekly Denise Marsa on The Pass at The Playground Theatre

US singer /songwriter Denise Marsa who is premiering her show The Pass at The Playground Theatre at the end of September.  Denise is best known as the female voice in Dean Friedman’s hit single Lucky Stars which reached number 3 in the UK charts in 1978 and still endures both on radio and in many people’s minds.

The Pass is a biographical work that interweaves song and stories from Denise’s life and in so doing carefully and hilariously deconstructs the career of a fiercely independent woman in an industry dominated by men.

Editor’s Pick: This Week London 

“Her performance is a decidedly soulful journey that begins in the 1970s and follows her through the decades to the present time. There is no shortness of talent here.” – TheaterLife

A Younger Theatre, London “Denise Marsa is one of a kind. She’s a force of nature, a life-affirming singer, an overwhelmingly positive presence. 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.”

LESFLICKS – “In all honesty I started watching The Pass not knowing at all what to expect as I had no prior knowledge of Denise Marsa and had not heard her music, but by the end of The Pass I was wanting an encore! Viewers should watch The Pass with an open mind and understand that this delivery method of live narrative and music is rather unique and may be something you’re not used to.” read full review

Watch THE PASS 2020 now Lesflicks VOD

UK Live Streaming Interview: Watch Lesflicks Q & A (live)

9.00 pm The Pass Musical By Denise Marsa 
The Pass Is A Compelling Series Of Autobiographical Vignettes Incorporating Songs And Stories Penned And Performed By Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Denise Marsa, Featuring Tracy Stark On Piano And Additional Vocals. 

West Village Original Interview

In addition to a decades-long career in the music business, Marsa owns Key Media Group, a public relations and marketing firm. She also mentors young singers and bands in navigating the industry. On November 26th, she will present her one-woman show about her life in music, The Pass, at Revelation Gallery at St. John’s in The Village. Visit the show’s website at

Sample Audience Reviews

“Authentic and inspiring. Thank you for your courage to share your powerful story.” –Plamena Todorova, London, Audience Club

“Her spoken anecdotes of her life in and out of show business are told with wit and honesty. Refreshingly (and rarely!) that honesty has charm and delicacy, whether she’s making you laugh or cry.” – Jessica Sully, Journalist

“You were absolutely superb!” – Jessica Martin, London

“It was such a great show, I loved every minute of it! Denise’s story was very inspiring and heartwarming.” – Lavia Papp, London

Very well written and staged. Strong, professional voice. Held your attention for the full performance. Actually, could have been longer – left us hanging on some issues. Maybe a sequel? – Janice Palladino, NYC

Listen to THE PASS MUSICAL Live Album