The Pass at The Playground Theatre

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Off-West End - Shows

Written and performaed by Denise Marsa, The Pass gets its world premiere at The Playground Theatre from 27 to 29 September 2018.
Denise Marsa in The Pass at the Playground Theatre

Photo by Jennifer Steadman

The Pass is a one-woman show that mingles vignettes with Denise Marsa's original songs written over the past four decades.

With true tales of hit records, publishing deals with Warner Bros. Music and Warner/Chappell, a record deal with a label run by a 21 year-old French billionaire's son, and Ms Marsa's own personal highly guarded secrets, the show focuses on her development as a musician, artist, and individual struggling with relationships and solitude.

Filled with humour and honesty, it centres on the concept of being true to your own definition of success, no matter what the consequences.

This one-person show, written and performed by Denise Marsa, gets its world premiere at The Playground Theatre in a limited run on 27, 28 and 29 September.

In late 1978 American singer-songwriter Dean Friedman reached number 3 in the UK charts with Lucky Stars, a duet with a young and up-and-coming female singer.

Denise Marsa had moved to New York a year before and was performing with her own band when Mr Friedman heard her singing at a club in the city.

He then wrote Lucky Stars with her in mind to sing.

However, Friedman and his record label did not publicise her name on the single and consequently she became known initially as "the sexy mystery voice".

The Pass is Ms Marsa's story; from the beginning of her career in the mid-70's, through the highly volatile, emotional 80's, on to the tech-driven 90's and into the present day.

From her start in her West Village studio apartment to London to West Hollywood and back again, Ms Marsa is the explorer, the innovator, and the woman drenched in tenacity - a woman unwilling to play the game by anyone else's rules, a woman determined to do things her own way in an industry dominated by men.

Denise Marsa is currently signed as a songwriter to BMG, the new music company, and comments ...

"As I was developing The Pass, it was always my hope to premier the show in London.

After all it was the UK fans and all their letters to the label demanding to know who I was, that propelled me from obscurity.

This is my way of saying thank you for being a pivotal part of my career."

In addition to being the other voice on Dean Freidman's Lucky Stars, Ms Marsa has performed throughout the UK as well as hundreds of venues across the US, including Los Angeles's historic venues, The Troubadour and The Roxy as well as the United Nations General Assembly.

She is also the lead voice on The Flirts' song Helpless (You Took My Love), the Billboard Top Ten International dance hit.

Most notably, Ms Marsa was one of the first artists to embrace and push forward the indie revolution, a movement in the mid-90's, when musicians started to take a different level of control of their careers.

Currently she owns and operates KeyMedia Public Relations as well as KeyMedia Music Group, the label she started in 1997 to release her solo albums "SELF" and "LIVE FOREVER" (2012).

Ms Marsa is also known for her work mentoring and producing new talent and for working with various human and civil rights organizations over the years.

About the theatre

The Playground Theatre's mission is to work with both established and emerging artists in the UK and internationally.

The ethos is one of cross-fertilization between different forms and different cultures with the aim of creating work that is bold and imaginative, while fully engaging the rich diversity of the community of which it is a part.

Since the theatre opened in November 2017 productions have included Picasso by Terri D'Alfonso, The Little Prince written and performed by Martin Oelbermann, Soldier On by Jonathan Guy Lewis and the Shirleymander by Gregory Evans.


THE PASS is a unique combination of song and story highlighting Denise Marsa's entertainingly heartwarming take on career and relationships.

It's a show spanning decades, combining nostalgic appeal with contemporary relevance, as well as songs which will linger in your head for days.

Answering the question often asked at cocktail parties, high school reunions and karaoke bars, "Whatever happened to the other singer on Lucky Stars? 


Denise Marsa


Author: Denise Marsa
Production: Keymedia Music Group and BMG


The Playground Theatre
Unit 8
343-453 Latimer Rd
W10 6RQ


From: Thursday 27 September 2018

Closed: Saturday 29 September 2018



£20 (advance)

£25 (at the door, day of performance)

Concessions: £15


Show website
ActDrop full listing for The Pass
Denise Marsa website

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