in Association with
Present THE PASS
Written and Performed by Denise Marsa
with Tracy Stark
THE PASS To Premier at London’s PLAYGROUND THEATRE Limited Run: Thurs-Sat, September 27, 28 & 29
- THE PASS: 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 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.
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, 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.
The Pass: Concept developed with the indomitable Gretchen Cryer. Gretchen Cryer is well known for writing the book and lyrics and starring in “I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road” (with music by Nancy Ford). She is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and is President Emeritus of the Dramatists Guild Fund. In addition to these accomplishments, she has received various awards and degrees, among them a Phi Beta Kappa from DePauw University and a MAT degree from Harvard.
The Pass: Pianist, Tracy Stark: Pianist/Arranger/Conductor/Singer Songwriter, Tracy Stark 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. Her songs are included on at least 20 different compilations, and have been winning accolades in songwriting competitions for the past 2 decades. Her CD, ‘Feast for the Heart’ is exquisitely produced by Richard Barone, and includes a duet with the inimitable Phoebe Snow.
She recently recorded a new CD, Shades of Beautiful, The Tracy Stark Songbook, on the wonderful MIRANDA MUSIC label, with some amazing special guests, including Lesley Gore, Jane Monheit, Nona Hendryx, Karen Black, Ann Hampton Callaway, Barb Jungr, and other great artists! THE PASS, the London premier, is the first time Tracy and Denise are working together. For more info please visit: www.TracyStark.com