Curvie McMurray
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Curvie McMurray

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"Bistro Bits"

BACK STAGE • October 8, 2004
Bistro Bits
Balancing Act
One of the perks of cabaret is its ability to redefine itself in unconventional ways. Such
was the case with Wambui Bahati in her one- woman cabaret-theatre foray. “Balancing
Act: A One-Woman Musical.” at Don’t Tell Mama. With brilliant musical director
Curvie McMurray at the piano, Bahati (whose given name is John-Ann Washington)
presented a tour de force that galvanized the room.
With a promising theatrical career that got sidetracked as a result of undiagnosed
bipolar disorder, resulting in a kinetic lifestyle that spun out of control for years, Bahati
faced emotional abuse, homelessness, the loss of custody of her two children, and several
institutionalizations before she bounced back. And it’s all incorporated into this bruising,
schizophrenic cabaret-theatre piece that is both harsh and poignant.
Bahati handles it all with a flair and over-the-top dramatics that suit her powerhouse
style. Her riveting performance is powerful. As an actress and singer. Bahati reached as
many Olympian highs and lows in her show as she did in her life. At times it is shocking
in its intensity. Other times it is funny. Throughout, it is frantically paced as she emotes
the manic side of her persona. Many of the vignettes are ultimately punctuated with a
song. The tunes are good and hit the mark, be they disco, rock ballad, or blues in the
night. A gospel rafter-raiser, “I Forgot,” closes the show on an optimistic note as she
ultimately triumphs. Asking herself “Why me?,” she sums it up by saying, “The past does
not equal the future.” In the case of Wambui Bahati, sharing such personal psychological
and emotional mazes in a cabaret setting and making it work so well puts the lady in a
class by herself. - Backstage Magazine


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I was influenced as a child by the 'Great' Barry Manilow. Now - no laughing!!!! I write songs about the peaks and valleys of emotion and the human condition - BUT!! with a taste of humor and fun - no heavy stuff!!!!!! I am a Hopeful Romantic!!!