Part Documentary, Part Musical Experience
The not giving up…continues…
Heartfelt Raw Intimate
News: The Pass selected for United Solo Festival NY 2021!
11/18/21 9PM – TIX: https://unitedsolo.org/shows/the-pass-musical/
Denise Marsa’s The Pass Musical Official Selection 2021 United Solo Festival November 18, 9PM
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 adventurous 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 and additional vocals. 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:
- Written & performed by Denise Marsa
- Featuring Tracy Stark, keyboard & additional vocals: https://tracystark.com
- Gretchen Cryer: Development: http://gretchencryer.com
- Lauren Helpern: Executive Producer/Set Design: (LORTEL AWARD & OBIE for set-design) http://www.laurenhelpern.com/
- Karen Carpenter: Script Consultant https://www.kcdirector.com/
- Stuart J. Allyn: Sound Design https://www.broadwayworld.com/people/Stuart-J-Allyn/
- Brendan Warner: Lighting Design http://www.brendanwarner.com/
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.
Press / Reviews
a raw biographical performance comprised of life-defining moments, humour, heartbreak, and self-discovery accompanied by beautiful music…
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
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.”
Why did you want to share such a personal story?
Good Question! I had a concert at a museum within a library in 2014 and quite randomly I said to the 75 or so attending audience, “I am going to be doing something different today, we will play a song and then please feel free to ask questions.” I wanted to experiment with creating an interactive experience for the audience. It became more personal and collaborative, for all and less about me, more about exploration and answering questions around the art of songwriting, being in the music business, my successes, my struggles both in career and in life, and how I express myself best, through the music. It went pretty well, it got me thinking…and so THE PASS was born! full interview
London Theatre 1– Chris Omaweng wrote, “A nuanced and fascinating show. It all fits like a glove.”“The songs featured in the show are all Marsa’s, and they are more evocative than provocative. The evening proved educational as well as inspirational for this reviewer.”
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