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From Buffalo Tom to Broadway composer

Remarkably, Dave McLaughlin's nearly finished ``On Broadway." ``We wanted to be done by September because that's the deadline for submissions to Sundance," McLaughlin said, referring to the film festival that's held in January. The movie, about an Irish-American playwright staging a show in the back of a pub, began shooting in Boston last May with a cast that included Joe McIntyre, Eliza Dushku, and Mike O'Malley. McLaughlin, who wrote and directed the movie, is working with Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz on the score. ``I gave three composers the same scene and asked them to write something," said McLaughlin. ``What Bill did had the level of emotional variation I was looking for." Janovitz, who performs the next two Wednesdays at Lizard Lounge, has never scored a film, but he's a big fan of movie music, particularly Ry Cooder's compositions for ``Paris, Texas."

Fans applaud wild goose Chase at Fenway
Broadway performer Will Chase hadn't even hit the last line of ``The Star-Spangled Banner" when the overflow crowd at Fenway Park Sunday night started to cheer wildly. That's because a couple dozen geese flew overhead, almost on cue, and got into a V-formation right over the infield. ``We planned that all week," deadpanned a member of the Fenway crew. Chase, still unsure what had transpired over his head, could only say: ``Whatever that was, it rocked." Chase returns to Boston next month for the world premiere of the musical ``High Fidelity," based on Nick Hornby's novel of the same name that was also a movie starring John Cusack. Walking later with playwright and South Boston native David Lindsay-Abaire, who is writing the script for the musical, Chase was still being high-fived by Sox fans. Lindsay-Abaire, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his play ``Rabbit Hole," shrugged off the recognition performers like Chase seem to receive. ``Every night I'd leave the theater [for `Rabbit Hole' ] and I'd open the doors to crowds of people who were disappointed . . . that I wasn't Cynthia Nixon," said Lindsay-Abaire, who returned to New York yesterday with Chase for rehearsals for ``High Fidelity." . . . Also spotted at Sunday night's game were filmmaker Spike Lee and Boston chef Michael Schlow.

And before yesterday's game Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell and Sox principal owner John Henry met with participants in the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge.

Simon says happy birthday, Mr. President
It was a political fund-raiser, but Sunday night's event on Nantucket meant a rare chance to hear Carly Simon sing. Not only did Simon perform, she brought along her singer-songwriter kids, Ben and Sally Taylor, who joined her in leading a rendition of ``Happy Birthday" to former president Bill Clinton. The Sunday fete marked the seventh year that Clinton's former ambassador to Portugal Elizabeth Frawley Bagley and her husband, Smith Bagley, opened Innesfree, their spread on Nantucket's Eel Point, for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign. And on Saturday, the Clintons took a break from the big- ticket fund-raisers on the islands to celebrate his actual 60th birthday on Martha's Vineyard. In addition to Simon's clan, those gathered at the Bagley s' included Danielle deBenedictis, lawyer and co-owner of the Summer House, TV gal Kathie Lee Gifford, New York film guy Sal Scamardo, and comic actor Kevin Flynn. . . . Also spotted recently on Nantucket was soon-to-be CBS News anchor Katie Couric, who was playing the piano and singing at the Summer House Restaurant in Sconset.

Local sounds on `Rescue Me'
Tonight's episode of Denis Leary's ``Rescue Me" features the music of a few local faves. Jake Brennan & the Confidence Men can be heard during a bar scene. And two big band swing tunes written by Boston-based, Emmy Award-winning producer Brad Hatfield, with Billy Novick on clarinet and Boston Pops drummer Jim Gwin, end the episode.

Local sounds on `Rescue Me'
Tonight's episode of Denis Leary's ``Rescue Me" features the music of a few local faves. Jake Brennan & the Confidence Men can be heard during a bar scene. And two big band swing tunes written by Boston-based, Emmy Award-winning producer Brad Hatfield, with Billy Novick on clarinet and Boston Pops drummer Jim Gwin, end the episode.

Philip ``Hot Sauce" Champion is in Boston for the basketball and music extravaganza ``AND 1 Mix Tape" tour at the TD Banknorth Garden tonight. But the b-baller, who hails from Atlanta, also used his time in town to do a little promotional work for the film ``Crossover," which is about -- you guessed it -- basketball. The movie, which stars Anthony Makie (``Million Dollar Baby") and Wesley Jonathan (TV's ``What I Like About You"), opens in Boston on Sept. 1. . . . Singer David Crosby had made arrangements to celebrate his birthday recently at Davio's in Park Square. So Frances Grandinetti, in the eatery's bakery department, started preparing a sugar-free cake for the singer, who's on a special diet. Crosby cancel ed the dinner celebration, but the story doesn't end there. Grandinetti was asked to deliver the delicacy to Crosby, Neil Young, and the rest of the gang, who apparently liked the chocolate sponge cake with agave syrup and maple sugar so much they invited her to stay and watch the show.

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