Local Birmingham actor, Brandon McCall, lands role in the Red Mountain Theatre Company’s production of Smokey Joe’s Café

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Smokey Joe’s Cafe rehearsals. Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Theatre Company.

Use discount code bhamnow7 to save $7.00 by Sunday, May 6th! Birmingham’s beloved Red Mountain Theatre Company is presenting the Broadway music revue, Smokey Joe’s Café from May 11-27 at the Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre. One of the production’s leads is Brandon A, McCall, a talented young actor from right here in the Magic City.

Meet Brandon McCall

McCall will be performing in the role of Adrian Bailey in Smokey Joe’s Café.

He first ventured into acting at the age of 12 as an extracurricular activity that kept him entertained and busy during the long days of summer. But soon, acting turned into so much more for him – a spark of interest that intensely grew into a flame of passion.

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Birmingham actor, Brandon A. McCall. Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Theatre Company.

“Acting is my passion, my livelihood, my peace and my way of changing lives,” said McCall.

McCall has worked with the Red Mountain Theatre Company on and offstage since 2015, and it’s a company that he says is “always a joy to work with!” One of McCall’s past roles with the Red Mountain Theatre Company was as Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

“Red Mountain Theatre Company brings premiere theatre to Birmingham and the metropolitan area,” observed McCall. “They are truly carrying out their mission to enrich, educate and engage their audience and Birmingham communities through art. The Red Mountain Theatre Company challenges Birmingham to discuss the delicate topics of the world and finding unity in the process.”

As word spread amongst the local performing scene in Birmingham that the Red Mountain Theatre Company would be holding auditions for Smokey Joe’s Café, McCall couldn’t wait to audition.

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Inside the Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Cabaret Theatre. Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Theatre Company.

“I’ve done the production [of Smokey Joe’s Café] before in college at Alabama State University and it became one of my favorite musicals,” reminisced McCall. “So when the Red Mountain Theatre Company announced Smokey Joe’s Café as part of their season, there was no doubt that I would audition.”

Behind the audition process

Auditions for Smokey Joe’s Café were held this past February. What’s the audition process like?

According to McCall, it is,

“… similar to a job interview. In fact, an audition is exactly that for an actor or performer. There are a few stages in the audition process. In the first round of the audition, you perform your own material. If the audition went well, then you’re invited to a callback to perform the show material. If that is done well, you will be invited to a movement/dance call, if the show required dancing. After that, you play the game of “hurry up and wait”. You’ve hurried to submit your headshot and resume, to prepare for the audition/callback and to execute it. Then, you wait to see if you got the role or not. It’s the business.”

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Smokey Joe’s Cafe rehearsals. Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Theatre Company.
The power of music

If you read Bham Now’s previous piece on the upcoming production of Smokey Joe’s Café, you learned that this particular musical is set in the idealized 1950’s and is fueled by the legendary, toe-tapping tunes of Mike Stoller and Jerry Lieber. Some of the songs include: “Hound Dog”, “Love Potion #9”, “On Broadway” and “Stand by Me”.

It is musical numbers like these that McCall says will make Smokey Joe’s Café stand out to a local Birmingham audience.

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“I’m a huge believer in music being a universal language and unifying people,” said McCall. “This show has music that could speak to all… [the music] is relatable, fun and classic. Who doesn’t like oldie goldies?”

Sprinkle in some of Birmingham’s most talented artists to sing and perform these memorable numbers and Smokey Joe’s Café becomes a toe-tapping, sing-a-long sensation.

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McCall and the rest of the Smokey Joe’s Café cast will be hitting the stage of the Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre May 11-27, 2018, located at 301 19th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203.

Catch the show: Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30pm and Sat.-Sun. at 2pm

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