Tween Robbie Twible has a fan — and his name is Justin Timberlake.
Yes, that Justin Timberlake. And the singer gave his new pal front-row concert seats Thursday.
Twelve-year-old Robbie, who suffers from a painful, debilitating skin disease, got a special surprise from his favorite singer: tickets to Timberlake’s performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom — and a limo ride there and back.
“It was amazing,” the exhausted 12-year-old said at the concert’s end. Timberlake dedicated his last song of the night, “Mirrors,” to Robbie.
Asked why he idolized Timberlake, the frail boy — still recuperating from surgery — said the performer has talent and soul.
“He can sing, dance and act, and he gives to charity,” said Robbie. “He’s very talented.”
Robbie has epidermolysis bullosa, a rare but painful condition with no known cure that results in blisters all over his body. It needs to be treated every day.
He wasn’t supposed to survive after he was born, but he continues to beat the odds.
He and his sister, Allison, and their parents, Robert and Kathie Twible, got a lift from their Long Island home in the limo sent by Timberlake, who also provided free bags of swag, including T-shirts.
The night was a complete surprise to Robbie, who had no inkling one of his dreams was going to come true until he opened the door and saw the sleek car parked outside, his dad said.
He added that his son is having trouble walking, but he perks up to Timberlake’s music.
“When Justin Timberlake comes on, he can really move. He’s got great dance moves,” said Twible.
The sixth-grader has been on a roll since returning from esophageal surgery and skin grafts last month in Ohio. It was the fourth time this year doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center opened up his esophagus to help him eat. The surgery “didn’t go so well,” his dad said.
But still, the plucky boy remained upbeat. And he still has his hopes pinned on making one final dream come true: meeting talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
Kathie Twible said she was incredibly grateful to Timberlake for the joy he brought her son.
“It reminds you of all the good in the world. A guy like Justin Timberlake doesn’t owe my son anything,” she said.
Some of Broadway's hottest talents will sing completely new arrangements of the hits of Justin Timberlake in the sixth concert of the BROADWAY SINGS concert series. More than 15 Broadway performers will be accompanied by a full jazz band playing brand new, original orchestrations of the singer's greatest songs. Previous artists honored in the series were Adele, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, and Amy Winehouse.
The two identical concerts will feature cover songs to celebrate Timberlake's iconic songs, including "Cry Me a River", "Suit and Tie", and "My Love", as well as popular hits from his legendary boy band, 'N SYNC. The music will be orchestrated and arranged by Joshua Stephen Kartes.
Performers will include Jason Gotay (Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, Bring it On), Amber Iman (Soul Doctor), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hands on a Hardbody, Hair), Mykal Kilgore (Motown, The Book of Mormon), Corey Mach (Hands on a Hardbody, Godspell), Marla Mindelle (Cinderella, Sister Act), Ciara Renée (Pippin, Big Fish), and Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia). Additional performers will be announced at a later time.
In the late 1990's, Justin Timberlake rose to fame as the lead vocalist of boy band 'N SYNC. He became one of the most commercially successful singers of the decade after releasing his first two solo albums (Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds), which both exceeded sales of seven million copies worldwide. Both his third and fourth albums (The 20/20 Experience, Parts 1 and 2) debuted at #1 on the charts. Timberlake's work has earned him nine Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards.
"Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake", produced and directed by Corey Mach (Hands on a Hardbody, Wicked, Godspell), will celebrate the talent and success of this diverse, legendary artist.
For tickets to the 54 Below show, call (646) 476-3551, or visit http://54below.com. 54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets are $25 for General Admission, $50 for Premium Seats, or $12 with a student ID at the door.
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LET'S POSE IN A HALLWAY: Backstage at his Hammerstein Ballroom show last week, RCA's Justin Timberlake rejoices with label and management players over hitting the 6 million worldwide sales benchmark with The 20/20 Experience. "Spectacular!" declared RCA chief Peter Edge. "Incredible!" gushed prexy Tom Corson. "Pastrami!" yelled EVP/GM Joe Riccitelli, who added, "Oh ... did I say that out loud?" Seen thinking a plaque is better than 1,000 words are (l-r) Edge, EVP/A&R Head Keith Naftaly, Riccitelli, JT, Sony Music EVP International John Fleckenstein, Corson, SVP National Sales Bob Anderson and manager Johnny Wright. (7/14p)
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