New York braces for blizzard

City suspends film permits, but B'way goes on

As Gotham braces for an incoming blizzard, the city has suspended film permits for Saturday while on Broadway, the show will go on this weekend — at least for now.

This weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” — to be hosted by Justin Bieber — also is set to proceed as planned, although ticket distribution to the standby line, which usually occurs on Saturday mornings, will instead happen intermittently on Friday night. In what’s a cold-weather tradition for “SNL,” hot soup will be handed out to intrepid line-standers, according to an NBC rep.

Although Broadway shows are still pencilled in to play as regularly scheduled, producers are at the ready to nix perfs should the weather dictate. The Rialto, however, rarely shuts down due to winter weather; it’s hurricanes (and the attendant public transportation stoppages) that have darkened productions in both 2011 and 2012.

The heaviest of the snowfall is expected to hit the city late Friday and early Saturday morning, with predictions of eight inches or more of accumulation leading the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting to yank permits for Saturday. Films and TV skeins currently shooting in the city include “Smash,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Winter’s Tale,” among others.

The storm is expected to snarl travel, with many airlines aready cancelling flights bound into and out of Gotham. Such disruptions could have a ripple effects for attendees of the weekend’s entertainment industry events, including the Grammys and the BAFTAs.

For instance, the Broadway revival of “The Heiress,” starring Jessica Chastain, had previously cancelled its final perf on Sunday to allow BAFTA nominee Chastain to hop on a flight to attend the U.K. ceremony. The actress still plans to make the trip after the production’s final curtain on Saturday, but whether she makes it will all depend on how things shake out.

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