The Dress Code on stage at Theatre on the Square this May
New stylish, funny, musical review featuring three of SA’s highly talented TV and musical theatre performers
Ever since Eve grabbed that fig leaf, humankind has been obsessed with what we wear, why we wear, and how we wear the clothes that make us, break us and fake us.
Join seasoned musical theatre and television stars Ntambo Rapatla (Chicago The Musical, We Will Rock You, King Kong The Musical) who is also a philanthropist, writer and director of children’s plays; Sharon Spiegel Wagner (Rocky Horror, Grease, Hairspray) easily recognisable for her role in the Showmax original series, Tali’s Joburg Diary and vocalist, producer and performer Lorri Strauss (Rent, Rocky Horror, Backstage) as they laugh, sing and strut their way through ‘The Dress Code’.
Directed by fashion forward Alan Swerdlow (award winning director, actor and playwright) and with musical direction by the stylish, Clifford Cooper (Oliver, Rocky Horror, Little Shop Of Horrors), this production is a must see for fashionistas or anyone who enjoys an evening of comedy and music.
Through an eclectic mix of reimagined songs including all-time favourites such as I’m Still Standing, Time in a Bottle , True Colours , Black Velvet and You’re never fully dressed without a Smile together with a variety of costume changes, ‘The Dress Code’ takes the audience on a journey that explores the diverse and often humorous issues related to fashion and pokes fun at the complexities of our relationship with clothing. Whether you are addicted to online shopping, have opinions on fast fashion, or worry about not wearing the right dress code to a function, this show has something for anyone who wears clothes.
The Dress Code is the debut production of Bad Moms Productions and Daphne Kuhn and is set to hit the catwalk at Theatre on the Square from 9-26 May.
So, if you love fashion, comedy and music, don’t miss out on “The Dress Code”! Book your tickets via Computicket or Theatre on the Square. #TheDressCode #BadMomsProductions #TheateontheSquare
This ultimate chic, comedy musical revue will be on stage at Theatre on the Square, Sandton from 09 to 28 May 2023.
Tickets cost R200. Book now at Computicket or Theatre on the Square. Weekday evening shows start at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 5:00pm and 8:00pm and Sundays are at 3:00 pm.
SHOW INFORMATION PG13
JOHANNESBURG: Theatre on the Square. Tuesday, 09 May to Sunday 28 May
No Monday performances
Tuesday , Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 7:30pm, Saturdays 5pm and 8pm, Sundays at 3pm.
TICKET PRICES: R200 SEATING is unreserved.
BOOKINGS: Computicket or Theatre on the Square
About Bad Mom Productions was created by Lorri Strauss and Sharon Spiegel Wagner – two seasoned professional artists who are as passionate about producing and creating theatre as they are about being kickass moms.
Lorri and Sharon have been friends since high school and together they grew up to become the show business women they are today. After collaborating and creating four award nominated productions, the next logical step was to plunge into the crazy world of formal producing.
The duo have managed to create productions that make audiences want to laugh, sing and cry. They draw from their most personal experiences and from their unique bond as friends. Lorri’s business savvy drive combined with Sharon’s kooky creative flair make the secret sauce of their success. Often on their school run dropping the kids off, they’ll get on a call to each other and start the magical process of putting a show together.
Sharon and Lorri can’t wait to keep creating, scripting and producing productions for South African audiences to enjoy and they both hope to keep up with the contemporary high standard of live theatre and entertainment. Their mission is to provide audiences with relevant, high quality productions that can make an impact on the smallest and largest of audiences.
Lorri Strauss Lorri studied Musical Theatre at TUT where she majored in singing, dance and acting, graduating with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre.
Highlights of Lorri's career include performing in the national tours of “We Will Rock You” and “Rent” and in playing the role of “Janet” in “The Rocky Horror Show” at the Victory Theatre. Lorri played the role of “Nicole” for two years on the ETV soap opera Backstage.
Lorri performed as a lead vocalist in “Loving You” in 2019, a musical theatre review on love at Theatre on the Square. Lorri has thoroughly enjoyed being associate producer on “BRYAN SCHIMMEL: More Than a Handful” which toured South Africa in 2022. Lorri starred in the musical comedy “Locked Upside Down” which she co-wrote with Sharon Spiegel Wagner at Theatre on the Square in 2022. “The Dress Code” is the debut production of Bad Moms Productions, owned by Lorri Strauss and Sharon Spiegel Wagner who also wrote the piece with the guidance of Alan Swerdlow.
In between the demands of motherhood, performing in corporate shows and recording voice overs, Lorri also freelances as a copywriter. Lorri is a founder of a charity organization “Noah’s Art”, an initiative to collect food and money for performing artists who were negatively affected by Covid -19. Lorri is so grateful to her husband Jason and children Shanon and Zac for allowing her to pursue her dreams and supporting her every step of the way.
Ntambo Rapatla completed a three-year diploma course in Musical Theatre at Technikon Pretoria, where she was noted for her commendable performance throughout her years of study. This was clearly evident when she was immediately signed up by the producer of the internationally acclaimed 'Spirit of Broadway' as one of the five lead singers. Since then, her talents have been acknowledged with rapturous reviews. She displayed her versatility as performer in Janice Honeyman's Jack and The Beanstalk. She also appeared with the international cast of The Rat Pack and was nominated best newcomer at The Naledi Theatre Awards 2004.
Following her sterling achievements she was then cast as lead singer in African Footprint and toured Europe and The Middle East. In 2007, she took part at The Arts Presenters Conference held in New York and also sang at the launch of The Africa Channel in Washington D.C. After returning home Ntambo performed in Soweto Story and Hairspray - The Musical. She then left for Singapore with Showtime Management to perform in We Will Rock You playing Killer Queen. Her vast theatre experience includes,Aspects Of Love, The Supremes, Sisters In Song, Beautiful Creatures, African Tapestry, Black Diamonds, Menopause The Musical, The Purr Factory, KING KONG- The Musical and won Best Supporting Female in a Musical (The Naledi Theatre Awards 2018) other theatre credits are Khwezi- Say her/my name, Calling Us Home and Chicago The Musical playing the role of Matron Mama Morton in China and Stravaganza- The spectacular show.
Ntambo has also been involved in various corporates as an MC and a singer. She is also passionate about bringing art to young children. She has co-written and directed plays for The National Children’s Theatre: Innocence Lost, Under The Baobab Tree and Hope The Rhino.
She is the founder of Ntambo R Foundation, and has been serving different communities since 2014 ensuring that arts education is easily accessible and available in the townships.
Ntambo is mom to Botshelo and Bonolo Rapatla and will always regard the role of mother as her favourite.
Sharon Spiegel Wagner Sharon trained in Dramatic Art for stage, theatre and film. She trained in classical singing and piano as well. Sharon is proud to boast experience in several realms of the performance and creative arts. From humble beginnings in children's theatre, Sharon has gone from Shakespeare to Mamet to big musicals on stage and from crazy comedy to drama and horror on screen. Sharon directs; writes original scripts; is a voice-over artist and teaches drama and performance. She is an award-winning and award-nominated actress, singer and writer.
Professional musical and theatre credits include: La Boheme - Puccinni opera; The King and I;Shakespeare’s Macbeth; Iron Love; Sun City’s Let there be Rock; Fiddler on the Roof; Hairspray (Brenda/Penny Pingleton); Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love (Jenny Dillingham); Grease (Frenchy/Rizzo); Love, Loss and What I wore; From the Mouths of Babes-This production received two South African Theatre Naledi nominations; The Fugard Theatre’s The Rocky Horror Show (Janet); I’m playing your song – The Marvin Hamlisch Story-Sharon was nominated for a South African Theatre Naledi award for Best Actress in a musical; The Dead Tinder Society (Jody Green), an original South African dating comedy which played in Joburg and Cape Town. Sharon also created and conceived the Naledi nominated musical revue Loving You – songs from the musicals as well as the revue comedy Locked Upside Down and its sequel Locked Upside Down and Inside Out. Sharon wrote Zoom Room during lockdown for the Online Grahamstown Arts Festival which won a standing ovation award. Sharon also wrote a community online play, Purimton, in which she was nominated for another Naledi award for writing and directing.
International film credits include: Inescapable (Canada film festival) and The Journey is the Destination; Origins (BBC); Our Girl Season 4 (BBC) and Down the Zambezi (BBC)
Local Television credits include: Tempy Pushas (Justine Duval); the leading role in NetFlix’s Bedford Wives (Despinna Giannopoulos); Mzansi’s Vula Vala (Kerry); Mzansi’s Entangled (Mrs Withersome); Showmax’s Tali’s Joburg Diary (Monique “The beak” Da Silva); NetFlix’s Do Your Worst (Raquelle); Netflix’s PRIME (Ruth)
Sharon is also proud to have been a part of the acapella group HONEY which came 4th in SA’s Got Talent 2014. Sharon received her BA Dramatic Arts WITS (Hons) winning top senior prize for best performance student; She completed two teaching diplomas from Trinity College London for Musical Theatre and for Dramatic Art and also won the prestigious exhibitionist award for Dramatic Art for achieving the highest mark awarded by the Queen of England. She has also completed her Honours in Psychology with distinction.