Archives for May 2013

Maria Gentile

Maria Gentile

Maria Gentile has been a Proud member of the Duplex team since 1998. Working in the Piano Bar, as well as Directing shows, teaching Cabaret Class with Darius Frowner and Performing Comedy with Susan Campanaro in the Cabaret Theater.

Maria Has WRITTEN AND RECORDED 2 Albums of original music “So many Pieces of Me” And “That…Which is Real” which can be found on iTunes and most digital download sites

3 of her songs have been nominated over the years for MAC “Song of the Year” she won that category in 2004 for “KINDNESS MAKES ME CRY”

Maria has been nominated 9 times for MAC Piano Bar Entertainer of the year and won in 2013

Maria has been on the teaching staff at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ since 2009

She has also been nominated for Piano Bar Entertainer of the year 7 times.

Maria is also a member of AEA, SAG, ASCAP & AFTRA

She fancies herself a “Master Mixologist” and loves creating new drinks for customers from All over the world
also swears the Duplex “the Happiest Place on Earth”. Maria can be found Singing and Mixing in the Piano Bar on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

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Tina Himaya

Tina Himaya

Tina is a native New Yorker, born and raised on Long Island. After being chosen as a finalist in Season 10 of “Stonewall Sensation” back in 2012, she was presented with the wonderful opportunity to join the team at The Duplex. Tina’s first professional job in “Showbiz” came at 12 years old when she performed as a Singer/Dancer in the now NYCB Theatre at Westbury’s Christmas Spectacular. She went on to receive a Merit Award of Recognition in Musical Theatre from The National Foundation for Advancement in the ARTS (Miami Fl, 03′). Tina was beyond thrilled when she was chosen to be an MC for a Radio Disney Concert Event at the now Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre to help fight hunger in NY. Some of her favorite credits include: Natalie in The New York Regional Premier of “Next to Normal” (Westchester Sandbox Theatre), Joy in “Cinderella” (La Comedia Dinner Theatre), Crystal in “Little Shop of Horrors” (The Devon Theatre), SOL Soloist in “RENT” (M.O.C. Musicals, Dir. Bob Cline), Homeless Lady in “Let’s Air It!” – A Sketch Comedy Monologue (Pilot – NYC Metro Channel) and as a Singer on The Original Demo Recording of a new Musical “The Divine Sarah” (NYC). Tina sang, and won the award for Most Outstanding Vocal at the 6th Annual Omni Music & Actor Awards honoring Academy Award Winner Lou Gossett Jr. in Los Angeles, CA. Tina has been Bartending on and off for 10 years, but has developed a newfound love and appreciation for it within the last 3 or 4. In 2014, she acquired two Special Certifications in Wine and Beer Hospitality. Tina loves developing new Cocktails with her co-workers, and having the freedom to express herself creatively both behind and in front of the Bar. Everything Tina does, especially when she steps on the stage, is dedicated to the memory of her Mentor, Teacher and Friend Rocco Notarfrancesco. “Come see us at The Duplex. We won’t disappoint!” – TinaHimaya@gmail.com


Darius Frowner

Darius Frowner

Darius Frowner (pianist on Monday and Thursday nights). Darius often musical directs shows for national tours and regional runs. Some credits include Smokey Joe’s Cafe and A Chorus Line and he has played in many productions of Ain’t Misbehavin in the US and Europe. Darius also accompanies many Broadway artists including frequent appearances with Norm Lewis. In NYC he has performed with Billy Porter, Mario Cantone, Rita Moreno and Joan Rivers. Darius is also the musical supervisor for the Performing Arts School atThe Mayo Center in Morristown NJ, where he teaches courses for children as well as adults.

2017 marks the 25th year for Darius at The Duplex! Darius plays on Monday and Thursday nights and his nights are called Singer Spotlight. Darius loves to show off singers, and on any of his shifts you will hear amazing vocalists in pop, R&B and theater styles. Group songs are a big feature as well, and his piano bar shifts are often singer showcases with many surprise guest stars. It’s not just pros though, Darius really enjoys playing for everyone who loves to sing! The Facebook page is Singer Spotlight At The Duplex. More info at http://www.dariusfrowner.com/the-duplex/ Darius is pleased to be a MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award Nominee for Piano Bar Instrumentalist for 2017!

Here is a small sample of what can happen at Singer Spotlight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_58dq0Le21o


Thomas Honeck

Thomas Honeck

Thomas was born in the wilds of Western New York in the small town of Brockport just off of the Eric Canal. He was raised on a hard scrabble diet of the Buffalo Bills, cold mashed potatoes, and the music of Bruce Springsteen. The highlight of his performing career is a toss up between performing at The Cleveland Play House and touring with The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as the Evil Shredder. He is a proud member of both Equity and SAG/AFTRA.

Thomas has been the General Manager for the Duplex Cabaret Theatre since 2006. He is responsible for the staff, booking the performers and the run of the space. He is especially fond of working with composers and bringing new works to the public.

As the Technical Director of the Duplex, Thomas has been honored with the Back Stage Bistro and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs Awards. As a performer, he won the MAC Award for Special Production for his one-man show “Dreaming Wide Awake”.

In 2014, both he and his creative partner, Lisa Moss, received a Bistro Award as an “Innovative and Nurturing Team”.

He has also taught at the Cabaret Conference at Yale.

For information about booking the Duplex, you may email him at:
Thomas@theduplex.com
and for information about Thomas go to www.ThomasHoneck.com