Well, we can scotch that idea about Paul McCartney playing on the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater on Wednesday night.

Word from the New York City Department of Film and Television is that they’ve declined the Letterman show’s application to let McCartney re-create the “Let It Be” movie and perform on top of the theater marquee.

A spokeswoman from the department says that the Letterman show didn’t even apply for permission until Monday after this column reported the plan.

Well, it was a good idea. But the marquee is kinda shaky. So McCartney on Letterman is a coup anyway, and we’ll be watching whether it’s inside or out.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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