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Denise Marsa’s The Pass

A personal musical journey, through the decades, of a talented singer/songwriter. 

December 31, 2019: A few weeks ago, on November 26, I saw Denise Marsa perform her solo new musical, The Pass, at the Revelation Gallery in the West Village. The evening was “one night only,” and I knew practically nothing about this talented artist, who has been performing with various bands since the 1970s, and sang on Dean Friedman’s duet, “Lucky Stars,” a big hit in London. The evening is a mixture of vignettes from her life with 18 songs, a blend of pop/rock with a hint of classical, that resonate with different themes. 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. Denise has been writing music since her beginnings and the title of her tale refers to a turning point in her writing career that propelled her to further success. The Pass is a work in development that Denise performed at The Playground Theatre in London for 3 nights in 2018. Her pianist, Tracy Stark, is also the musical director and sings back-up vocals. PC

Denise Marsa

A personal musical journey, through the decades, of a talented singer/songwriter. 

December 31, 2019: A few weeks ago, on November 26, I saw Denise Marsa perform her solo new musical, The Pass, at the Revelation Gallery in the West Village. The evening was “one night only,” and I knew practically nothing about this talented artist, who has been performing with various bands since the 1970s, and sang on Dean Friedman’s duet, “Lucky Stars,” a big hit in London. The evening is a mixture of vignettes from her life with 18 songs, a blend of pop/rock with a hint of classical, that resonate with different themes. 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. Denise has been writing music since her beginnings and the title of her tale refers to a turning point in her writing career that propelled her to further success. The Pass is a work in development that Denise performed at The Playground Theatre in London for 3 nights in 2018. Her pianist, Tracy Stark, is also the musical director and sings back-up vocals. PC