Greta Gerwig on Sondheim Geekdom & Baring It All in The Village Bike

first_img Congrats on making your professional theater debut—why was The Village Bike the play for you? I really love and respect [director] Sam Gold—well, now I love him. Before, I was just a fan. He’s singlehandedly brought me my favorite theater experiences as an audience member. The Annie Baker plays [Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, The Flick] were hugely important for me, and Fun Home destroyed me for a week. So I felt like I would give my eye teeth to work with him. Then when I started reading the play, it sounds ridiculous to say this, but I knew two pages in that it was really good. Instantly, I could hear it in my head. Well, what about now? Yeah, I’m gonna force someone to dream up some musical for me. [Laughs.] If it was the right musical and I felt like I wasn’t going to do a disservice to it, I would love to do one. But if the right thing never happens, I’m just happy to see them. Your character Becky has a lot of pent-up sexuality. What is it like to unleash this side of yourself in front of an audience? I started wearing a nightie in rehearsal very early, because I knew that I would have a degree of embarrassment about my body and that I had to get over it. I got used to all of the actors seeing me like that, and then the set designers came and the producers came for run-throughs. I wanted to ease myself into feeling comfort with the high degree of emotional exposure but also physical, sexual exposure. For me, it’s terrifying but it also feels like it has its own reckless momentum, and in the second act, there’s a current that I can get into where it almost feels cathartic. What kind of chocolate? If I tell you about it, I’m worried I’m going to make an addict out of you, and it’s expensive. I’ve made the entire cast addicts. It’s called Fine & Raw chocolate and it’s made in Brooklyn, and I like their cacao and coconut bars. I can’t even explain it, it’s like fudge, it’s like butter, it’s so good…but they’re $7 a bar. So we were all joking that our entire paychecks are going to our chocolate addiction. View Comments You initially wanted to major in musical theater in college. Were you a fan of musicals growing up? I didn’t grow up with television, but I could rent VHS tapes from the library. I would watch Gene Kelly musicals and The King and I and Oklahoma! I just love musicals, and I’m a huge Sondheim nerd. The documentary of the cast recording of Company is one of my favorite things ever made. And I was into Floyd Collins and Parade when I was in high school. But the truth is I never had a great enough voice to really go for it, and my mom wasn’t super excited about me pursuing a full-time musical theater career. She wanted me to get a liberal arts education and maybe have the potential to be a lawyer one day. So I gave up my NYU and musical theater dream. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 13, 2014 I’m so sad about How I Met Your Dad not getting picked up. The saddest part about it for me is I loved the people I was making it with—Carter [Bays] and Craig [Thomas], who made How I Met Your Mother and Emily Spivey, who was creating this new show with them. I loved the process of both acting in it but also sitting in the writers’ room and pitching jokes—it made me feel like I was an old-timey joke writer on a Sid Caesar show. I’m bummed out that we can’t have the experience of doing it, but at the same time, you have so little control over these things. If it’s meant to be, it’ll be, and if it’s not, it’s not. I think that what gives me the right to call myself a show person, which is all I’ve ever really wanted to call myself.center_img With her delightful ability to be equal parts awkward and charming on screen, Greta Gerwig has taken the indie film world by storm with her stellar performances in Frances Ha, Greenberg and Lola Versus. Aside from school shows, the world premiere of Penelope Skinner’s humorous and haunting new play The Village Bike is the first time the actress/writer/filmmaker has appeared on stage, but Gerwig insists that she’s no theater newbie. Below, the lifelong theater fan chatted with Broadway.com about her Sondheim obsession, the unfortunate demise of How I Met Your Dad and getting comfortable enough to strip down emotionally and physically in the new MCC Theater production of The Village Bike. See Greta Gerwig in The Village Bike at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. You go on a wild ride—how do you unwind after the show? Well, we have a lot of whiskey in the dressing room. [Laughs.] And I have this kind of chocolate I like, so I take off my [prop] wedding ring, I have a shot of whiskey and I eat some chocolate and then I’m ready to go out into the world. Related Shows The Village Bike Do you have a musical theater dream role? Well, I wish I sounded just like Audra McDonald. And this sounds like I’m being tongue-and-cheek, but anything Elaine Stritch played, I could maybe have a shot at doing OK with, because there’s something about her and the way she is that I always felt connected to. That could maybe work out for me. The Sondheim women are the parts that I would love to play. They’re just so complex and not cliché. They’re so dark and spiky and complicated. They make mistakes and they sing about them. That’s what I would wanna do.last_img read more

Will Nathan Lane & Brian Dennehy Bring Iceman Cometh to B’way?

first_img View Comments It’s perfect weather for Iceman rumors, is it not? The Brooklyn Academy of Music production of Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece The Iceman Cometh, starring Tony winners Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, has its eyes on a Broadway transfer. Deadline reports that the sold-out production, co-produced by Scott Rudin, has no official plans or a timeline for the move, but talks of one are indeed in place. Rudin confirmed to the site via email that there is “nothing near decided yet.”A five-hour-long, 18-character epic set in 1912 in Harry Hope’s NYC bar, The Iceman Cometh debuted on Broadway in 1946. The play was most recently revived in 1999 in a production starring Kevin Spacey as the garrulous Hickey. (In a hotly contested Best Actor Tony race, Dennehy’s performance in Death of a Salesman bested Spacey’s bravura star turn.)The production is expected to conclude its run at BAM on March 15. In addition to Lane and Dennehy, the cast includes Stephen Ouimette, Larry Neumann Jr., Salvatore Inzerillo, Marc Grapey, John Judd, John Reeger, James Harms, John Douglas Thompson, Lee Wilkof, John Hoogenakker, Patrick Andress, Tara Sissom, Lee Stark and Kate Arrington. Star Filescenter_img Nathan Lanelast_img read more

Lena Hall Will Reprise Yitzhak & Play the Title Role in Hedwig Tour

first_img View Comments Lena Hall(Photo: Joan Marcus) Darren Criss Star Files Tony winner Lena Hall will reprise her performance as Yitzhak in the national tour of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, joining the previously announced Darren Criss, who’ll play the titular trangender rocker. But wait! Hall will also play the role of Hedwig for one performance a week in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The touring production of Hedwig will kick off at San Francisco’s SHN Golden Gate Theatre on October 2, where it’ll run through October 30. The show will then move to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in L.A. from November 1 through November 27. Following San Francisco and Los Angeles with Criss and Hall, the tour will subsequently continue across North America. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.”I’m thrilled to be returning to Hedwig and the Angry Inch performing not one, but two iconic roles in Los Angeles and my hometown of San Francisco. I have never been one to shy away from a challenge and playing Hedwig has always been a dream of mine,” said Hall, in a statement. “To be able to play both Yitzhak and Hedwig in the same day presents one of the biggest challenges I have seen to date and I’m so excited! Not only will I get to share the stage with my fellow San Francisco native and friend Darren Criss; but I will also get a chance to begin my own journey as the glam rock heroine Hedwig. To tell her story in my hometown and in Los Angeles is the greatest homecoming I can think of, and I am looking forward to sharing this journey with my friends, family and Hedheads.”(Fun fact: The Breakfast Club star Ally Sheedy was the first woman to play the role of Hedwig in 1998, during Hedwig’s off-Broadway run at the Jane Street Theatre. But Hall’s dual performance will mark the first time in Hedwig’s history the same person will play both Hedwig and Yitzhak.)Hall just completed touring the U.S. and Canada with the Broadway-bound Josh Groban. Prior to Hedwig, she starred as Nicola in Kinky Boots. Hall’s other stage credits include The Toxic Avenger, Tarzan, Dracula, 42nd Street, Cats, Beg Bugs and Green Eyes. She’s appeared on TV and film in HBO’s Girls, Good Girls Revolt and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.Directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. Trask’s score features “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more.The 2014 Broadway revival of Hedwig ran for over 500 performances and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival.last_img read more

Anti-Extremism FBI Website Delayed Amid Concerns From Muslim Groups

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The FBI Monday reportedly delayed publishing a long-awaited website under the auspices of Countering Violent Extremism amid concerns voiced by Muslim rights groups uncomfortable with the program’s apparent disproportionate focus on Muslims. The website, dubbed “Don’t Be a Puppet,” was reportedly designed as a tool for teachers and students in school districts in America. The concept shares similarities with Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts in several big cities focused on using the public to better identify people deemed susceptible to extremism. Such programs have been criticized by civil liberties groups, who argue that law enforcement is essentially outsourcing policing to community members. The fear is that such practices could cast suspicion on Muslim communities for no reason other than their religion, and doing so could erode trust between the community members and law enforcement. The FBI has yet to publicly comment on the website, but a New York Times article published online Sunday described it as an “interactive program” replete with “games” and “tips” that, in theory, would help a user—either a student or a teacher—single out people vulnerable to extremist ideology. The need for community-related anti-extremism programs have intensified as a result of the Islamic State’s success in recruiting members around the world on social media. Muslim rights groups argue, however, that people are drawn to radical views in very different ways, thus the science of countering violent extremism is flawed. Concern over the FBI’s latest project came from several Muslim and Arab rights group who were given a preview of the software. “The program is based on flawed theories of radicalization, namely that individuals radicalize in the exact same way and it’s entirely discernible,” Arjun S. Sethi, an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, told the Times. “But it’s not, and the F.B.I. is basically asking teachers and students to suss these things out.”The groups with access to the website also objected to its apparent sole focus on Muslims. The Washington Post, which first reported on the temporary delay, also spoke to people who had reviewed the site, and noted: “Experts disagree on what might be clear triggers for young people, similarly to the cases of dozens of non-Muslims who have perpetrated the U.S. epidemic of mass shootings.”The Council on American-Islamic Relations in a statement Monday said the program, as reported, could have an adverse effect on Muslim students. “The FBI’s job is to protect children of all faiths and backgrounds, not to offer programs that introduce suspicion into their relations with teachers and can lead to stigmatization and bullying by their peers,” said CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor.When the White House hosted a CVE in summit earlier this year, civil liberties groups questioned why white extremists groups didn’t undergo similar scrutiny. They pointed to a study published by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, which found law enforcement’s chief concern is not related to Islam but the sovereign citizens movement. “Approximately 39 percent of respondents agreed and 28 percent strongly agreed that Islamic extremists were a serious terrorist threat,” the study noted. “In comparison, 52 percent of respondents agreed and 34 percent strongly agreed that sovereign citizens were a serious terrorist threat.”None of this is new to many Muslim communities, neither are their objections to policies that they say foster distrust. Police departments such as the NYPD have placed informants in mosques and have spied on neighborhoods with large populations of people who’ve emigrated from the Middle East, including on Long Island. The unit that spied on Muslims on LI, the five boroughs and New Jersey has since been disbanded. It’s unclear when or if the FBI will decide to unveil its new website, which was originally scheduled to go live Monday, according to reports. (Photo Credit: American Civil Liberties Union)last_img read more

Stay focused on growth with these traits

first_imgHow do leaders ensure consistent growth for their companies? There’s no easy answer; success has many influences. Ultimately, though, strong management helps businesses effectively address any challenges facing your organization.A recent article from McKinsey & Companyexplores findings from surveys and interviews with C-suite executives to determine common traits of “growth leaders.” These traits are worth some consideration and reflection – especially as we prepare for an economic downturn – to determine whether you and your company will keep growing.Here they are:Be all in. “Growth is priority number one, two, and three,” said one president featured in the research. Growth leaders see opportunity everywhere, and are willing to put resources and strategy into action. But the head of an organization can’t be the only one committed to growth – this vision needs to be effectively communicated to employees, stakeholders, and members/customers to ensure all are working toward the same goal. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

New promotional materials and the website of the Zadar Tourist Board for Petrčane

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the city of Zadar has published a new tourist brochure as well as the website of Petrčane www.petrcane.zadar.travel. In addition to the brochure itself, the plan of Petrčane has been updated with the most important points that may be of interest to guests and visitors of this beautiful tourist place, which attracts more and more tourists every year.The tourist development of the place began in the early 50’s, first with the opening of the resort, and later with the construction of large tourist complexes (hotel “Pinija”, Punta Skala). Today, Petrčane boasts 1.577 beds in high category hotels and 2.135 beds in private accommodation. This data clearly describes the constant growth of the tourist offer and we can establish that Petrčane is recognized as one of the most important tourist destinations in the Zadar area. “Thanks to the favorable geographical position between the two peninsulas, favorable climate, located between two cities with a long tradition and glorious past, Zadar and Nin and beautiful beaches, today’s Petrcane, which is divided into Gornje Petrcane, Punta Skala, Puntica, Donja Petrcane and Punta Radman tourism development is based not only on accommodation facilities, but also on the development of new, tourism and hospitality complementary activities and attractions. “They point out from the Zadar Tourist Board and add that they continuously invest significant funds in the marketing activities of their destinations through on- and offline advertising channels in Zadar and all tourist destinations.With new promotional materials about Petrčane, TZG Zadar recently updated both of its mobile applications Secret Zadar  i Zadar Travel, which are adapted to the latest versions of iOS and Android systems, and are enriched and expanded in terms of content and functionality. “We invite all Zadar residents, especially those who are directly and indirectly involved in tourism, to download them to their mobile devices via Google Play and App Store, because through them, in addition to renting their private accommodation, they can find out a lot of other useful information that will convey to your guests, from little-known interesting facts about old Zadar to a list of all recent events and happenings in the city. ” they pointed out from the Zadar Tourist Board.In addition to interesting information intended for tourists, there is also corner for renters with all the most important information that can be used by private renters.In this way, TZG Zadar combines its online channels, which consist of a basic website, appropriate pages about Advent and Tuna, Sushi & Wine Festival, a website about Petrčane, all the way to mobile applications and channels on social networks, into one connected ecosystem online communication, which will fully come to life at the beginning of next year by redesigning and creating a new basic website www.zadar.travel .last_img read more

ShareAction scrutinises UK auto-enrolment providers

first_imgSix of the UK’s nine largest automatic enrolment pension providers do not have a policy banning investments in companies that produce toxic components of harmful weapons, according to campaign organisation ShareAction.Only three of six providers that did have specific policies to address controversial weapons excluded companies with links to chemical and biological weapons.The finding emerged from a survey the charity carried out of the nine largest auto-enrolment providers – known as master trusts – in the UK.ShareAction ranked the providers on their approaches to responsible investment, with a focus on default funds, and member engagement and communication, claiming these areas had “received little focus during the roll-out of auto-enrolment”. 195 64 260 26 Scottish Widows The People’s Pension 204 193 192 79 90 68 104 114 187 Legal & General** 73 NOW: Pensions Aegon UK* Standard Life** 64 Standard Life* 78 115 63 125 129 122 69 197 78 118 166 Royal London 193 73 Legal & General* 71 139 62 200 According to ShareAction, the top five performers were NEST, The People’s Pension, Legal & General, Aviva, and Standard Life. NEST was the top ranked provider overall mainly due to its score on responsible investment, where it was the “standout leader”.The bottom performers were Scottish Widows, Royal London, NOW: Pensions, and Smart Pension.“We do not believe that ShareAction has a good understanding of [our] approach, and it is therefore difficult to record high scores through ShareAction’s rather crude scoring system” Rob Booth, director of investment and product development at NOW: Pensions  Smart Pension withdrew from the survey as it was transitioning to a new investment strategy at the time and “did not want to place dated or potentially misleading information in the marketplace that may have resulted in confusion for members”, according to chief investment officer Darren Agombar.NOW: Pensions disagrees with assessment Rob Booth, director of investment and product development, said ShareAction’s ratings focused heavily on voting rights, while NOW: Pensions’ investment strategy required it to hold equity index futures.  “We do not believe that ShareAction has a good understanding of this approach, and it is therefore difficult to record high scores through ShareAction’s rather crude scoring system,” said Booth.The findings did not accurately reflect the “significant” emphasis NOW: Pensions placed on responsible investment, he added.The master trust had 15.3% of total assets under management invested in green bonds (£99.3m), equal representation of men and women on its trustee board, and a published policy of social responsibility in investments.“We are constantly developing our approach to SRI [socially responsible investing] and, over time, we will start to consider direct investment into companies which will be bound by the terms of our existing SRI policy,” Booth said. “In the meantime, we are pleased to see that we scored among the highest for communications and engagement, climate change and our controversial weapons policy.”A spokesperson for Aegon noted that its workplace default funds were passive, but “becoming increasingly ESG aligned”.Lorna Blyth, head of investment solutions at Royal London, said: “We are reviewing the report’s conclusions and recommendations and look forward to discussing in further detail with ShareAction how they arrived at their scores.” How they faredThere were pockets of good practice and innovation, ShareAction said, but “a lack of evidence pension providers are actively reaching out to savers to engage on important issues that really matter to them”.Paul Britton, research officer at ShareAction and author of the report, said: “Of course, auto-enrolment pension providers cannot be solely blamed for Britain’s retirement cliff-edge, but they do need to act on their key position to engage the 9m new workers with their pension savings.“Hoping members don’t opt-out as the minimum contribution rates rise is not enough – people need compelling reasons to save.”In April minimum contributions in auto-enrolment defined contribution schemes rose to 5% – from 1% of salary to 3% for employees, and from 1% to 2% for employers. In April 2019 the minimum will rise again to 8% in total, with the employee contribution reaching 5%.Notes: *Contract-based scheme. **Master trust. The responsible investment theme had a greater weighting in the overall score because it covered a broader range of issues. Overall score (max 352)Responsible investment score (max 227)Communication and engagement score (max 125) 127 NEST Aviva* IPE contacted the bottom five providers for comment. Scottish Widows did not respond.NOW: Pensions is the pension provider for IPE International Publishers.last_img read more

Qatari cargo heading for South Hook LNG

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of QatargasThe South Hook LNG terminal on the shores of UK’s Milford Haven waterway is scheduled to receive a new cargo from Qatar. The cargo is being transported onboard the 210,000 cbm Q-Flex LNG carrier Al Bahiya from Qatar’s Ras Laffan complex.The vessel is scheduled to dock at South Hook’s jetty on February 12, the Milford Haven Port Authority data shows.Natural gas flows from the South Hook LNG terminal to the UK’s national grid on Friday was around 56.69 mcm per day, according to the data from the National Grid.The South Hook LNG terminal, owned by Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Total, can provide around 20 percent of Britain’s natural gas requirements.last_img read more

UK air passenger tax discriminatory, says CARICOM acting secretary general

first_img Tweet Share Share LifestyleTravel UK air passenger tax discriminatory, says CARICOM acting secretary general by: – March 16, 2011 37 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! By Stewart MillerGuardian Business ReporterBRUSSELS, Belgium — In a first ever Caribbean Tourism Summit held in Europe, CARICOM acting secretary-general Lolita Applewhaite laid out the region’s case against the UK’s Air Passenger Duty (APD) on outgoing flights and other increases to aviation taxation.“We view the APD as discriminatory against Caribbean destinations and Caribbean people living in the United Kingdom seeking to travel to the region,” Applewhaite said in her address to summit delegates in Brussels, Belgium on Monday.Applewhaite said that she viewed aviation taxes as a tax on the development of the region, due to the significance of tourism to Caribbean economies and the fact that aviation is the only practical way for Europeans to access these markets.Looking forward, however, the acting secretary-general said this revenue-raiser for the UK may only be the beginning of moves that disadvantage the Caribbean.“It is clear that even if the particular design problems that the Caribbean is seeking to have addressed in relation to the UK APD are resolved, this tax could be only the tip of the iceberg that may eventually come to include all aviation and maritime transport,” Applewhaite said. “Similar unilateral measures have also been introduced by other countries in Europe.”The European Union’s (EU) decision to bring aviation into the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to be imposed from 2012 is another troubling concern, according to Applewhaite. She called the EU’s decision to add aviation to the ETS before a global approach was agreed “unfortunate.”“Aviation and sea transport were not included in the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change due to difficulties in assigning emissions to any specific country,” Applewhaite said. “At the 37th ICAO Assembly held in Montreal, Canada last year there was general consensus on the need for a multilateral approach once general principles had been agreed on the implementation of market-based measures for international aviation.”Applewhaite said that according to Standard and Poor’s, passengers could face a rise in airfares of up to 40 euro per ticket once aviation is included in the ETS. She acknowledged that the way airlines dealt with the additional cost would impact how much passengers ultimately must bear, but also said the amount assumes that the cost of carbon, currently traded on international markets, remains relatively low.The CARICOM executive highlighted the vulnerability of the Caribbean region to climate change, and called for a multilateral approach which did not disadvantage a particular mode of transportation and was development oriented.UK’s APD is imposed on all passengers departing airports in the UK and, according to a Bahamas Ministry of Tourism release, accounted for GBP 1.9 billion in revenue for the UK in 2009/2010. The APD was introduced in 1994 as a “green tax”, and initially expected to decrease the impact of aviation on the environment. According to the Ministry of Tourism statement, however, there has been no indication as to how those billions were applied.The 1994 form of the APD taxed passengers based on whether they were traveling to European or non-European destinations. Under the first iteration of the APD, passengers to The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Florida or Hawaii, for example, all paid GBP 40 in APD.However, in April 2009, UK’s Labour Government changed the banding system, creating four tiers based on how far a country’s capital city was from London. The result was that travelers departing UK airports to Miami or Hawaii paid an APD of GBP 60 for an economy fare, while a visit to Nassau or Kingston would have incurred a duty of GBP 75 — the same amount that a Singapore-bound traveler would pay. Miami and Nassau are less than 200 miles apart as the crow flies. The duty doubled if a passenger traveled in a premium class rather than economy.As the region seeks to develop tourism from developing markets such as Central Europe, China and India, such taxation may be a further detriment to the development of these markets.In a November 2010 Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) report, “The Impact of Air Passenger Duty and Possible Alternatives for the Caribbean”, an average decline of 10.8 percent was reported for stopover arrivals from the UK between 2009 and 2010. Annual traffic data to a popular Internet flight booking service, Cheapflights.co.uk, showed a similar drop. According to the report, there was an annual average drop of 11.6 percent in Caribbean destination searches in September 2010 compared to the previous year, suggesting the APD might be impacting on perceptions of costs, the report said.last_img read more

Lee: Pardew has a job on his hands

first_imgFormer Newcastle skipper Rob Lee has warned Alan Pardew he faces a major fight to hold on to his best players if owner Mike Ashley does not back him with hard cash this summer. However, Lee believes it could take far more than that for Pardew to rebuild a squad which may yet be further depleted during the closed-season. Asked if four big signings would be enough, the 48-year-old former midfielder, an ambassador for the Budweiser Open Trials campaign, which will provide amateur footballers with the opportunity to play at Wembley in front of professional scouts, told Press Association Sport: “It’s a start. Is it enough? No, probably not. “Is [Loic] Remy going to sign for us? I am sure after the season he has had – he’s only on loan – he will have a lot of options and if he sees Newcastle selling Cabaye, their best player, what’s he going to think? “It’s not as though he’s going to have a shortage of offers, so my instinct would say he won’t sign, so you have got to replace him; there are rumours that [Papiss] Cisse is not happy and is going to go; Shola Ameobi is out of contract; [Cheick] Tiote, is he going to be happy with Cabaye going? I think there will be a lot of people after him. “You have to keep these people happy – [Fabricio] Coloccini again, is he going to stay? There were rumours he wanted to go back anyway. “Again, it comes down to when you start selling players, your best players that are left are not going to be happy.” Lee was not surprised to see Cabaye leave the club after he was unsettled by Arsenal’s bid in August, but was astonished that a replacement had not been lined up before PSG were given the green light. He said: “Everybody knew it was coming. That’s fine, but you have to have somebody lined up to replace him. He’s your best player. “He went very, very cheaply as well – if you look at [Juan] Mata going for £37million, he’s a bargain, he’s an absolute bargain for PSG. “We had to have someone lined up to replace him straight away, but typical Newcastle, we didn’t.” Whatever happens during the summer, Pardew faces the task of trying to plug the gap left by Cabaye. His initial attempt to do that in last weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby proved less than effective as Newcastle were trounced 3-0 by Sunderland to invite further recriminations after a dreadful week or so for the club, and Lee admits the manager has a problem on his hands. He said: “You look around and you think is there anybody there who can actually do that at the moment? I would say no. “It’s a major rebuild for Newcastle in the summer, but it depends how much money you are given. For a major rebuild, you need to spend a lot of money. Will Mike Ashley give him that money to do that?” *The Budweiser Open Trials, in association with BT Sport, will see six regional trials take place across the country. The trials will culminate in a showpiece match at Wembley Stadium. Those who make the cut will have one last chance to prove it’s never too late to achieve your dream as they play in front of professional scouts. Watch the first part of the Budweiser Open Trials on BT Sport on Saturday 8th March as part of its FA Cup coverage and subscribe to YouTube.com/BudweiserUK Pardew this week revealed he wants to make up to four major signings as he prepares for the new campaign having lost star man Yohan Cabaye to Paris St Germain last month. The £19million-plus the Magpies banked for the France international remains untouched after since-departed director of football Joe Kinnear failed to find a replacement before the transfer deadline. Press Associationlast_img read more