Concert preview: Justin Timberlake plays the gentleman and the gigolo on The 20/20 Experience

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From the November 14, 2013 edition

Justin Timberlake’s music career long took a backseat to both his dramatic (he acted in films like “The Social Network” and “Alpha Dog”) and comedic (his scene-stealing turns with the Lonely Island) pursuits.

But this year the pop star has roared back to life with a pair of albums (The 20/20 Experience, parts One and Two) and a high-profile arena tour that swings by Nationwide Arena on Saturday, Nov. 16. Part One, which surfaced in March, was anchored by its lead single “Suit & Tie” and sported a similarly suave and buttoned-up sound. Part Two, in contrast, found Timberlake ditching the bowtie, undoing a few shirt buttons and hitting the club with one thing on his mind. “Can we discuss how fast you just got undressed?” he purred on the heaving “Cabaret.” Expect the singer to flaunt both of these guises — the gentleman and the gigolo — when he takes the stage this weekend.