- The sisters of Nunsense, A-Men! are real ball-busters.
For the openly gay Kevin Joseph Kelly, playing Mother Superior is a natural fit for his wild theatrical streak. In the all-male musical Nunsense, A-Men!, Kelly is cast as the head of a convent of five wacky nuns from Hoboken. "At one point in the show, [Mother Superior] gets high on those poppers," says Kelly. "I can't imagine she doesn't know what she's doing." To hide the 220-pound actor's waistline, a habit had to be custom-made, which makes the 6-foot-2 Kelly chuckle. "The costuming will take away any insecurities that I have," he says. And for some "character development," Kelly even vacationed on the New Jersey shoreline a couple of weeks ago to get a feel for Hoboken. "If anything, I'll have to hide my tan when I go back to the convent," he says. Show time is 8 p.m. Monday at the Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Tickets are $25; call 216-521-2540. -- Cris Glaser
Smooth-jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows has been funking things up lately. "I didn't want [the music] to lose its integrity as to what the contemporary-jazz music scene was all about," he explains. "Even though I don't have any problems with the [smooth-jazz] title, I feared the homogenization of the music would soon follow. I feared that we were going the route of the pop artist and starting to clone one another." Graced with touches of R&B, hip-hop, and world music, the Phoenix-based horn man's ninth album, Player's Club, is a tribute to his fellow contemporary-jazz players. "These are guys who are still making some really nice records," says Meadows. "Hopefully, I can carry that torch proudly." Meadows performs at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (3900 Wildlife Way) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $24 and $27, available by calling 216-661-6500. -- Michael Gallucci
Little Bit Country
Celtic fiddle player Natalie MacMaster goes hillbilly on her latest CD, Blueprint, collaborating with pickers like Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Sam Bush on a series of bluegrass tunes that blur the line between Appalachian and Irish music. It's an invigorating mix of cultures, styles, and genres that fit snugly together. It's also inspiring: MacMaster's playing has never sounded as charged as when she's tearing through these traditional and original songs. She performs at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium (11150 East Boulevard) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $19 to $40; call 888-262-0033. -- Michael Gallucci