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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

777 North Tamiami Trail (US 41), Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 955-7676
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Ranked #29 of 88 attractions in Sarasota
Type: Theaters, Operas, Symphonies
Description: A good place for cultural entertainment.
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Longboat Key, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

For a relatively small city, the Van Wezel attracts some big name talent and has very diverse musical and comedic offerings. But it's one of the sorriest venues for its size I have ever been in. The lack of a center aisle is just unforgivable. If you in the middle you are likely to become claustrophobic by the end of... More

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Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

On June 15, 2014, my husband and I had tickets for the hugely popular Move Live on Tour show with Julianne and Derek Hough. It was an exciting dance show that we viewed with binoculars!! Our trouble is with the ticketing of the Van Wezel. We wrote the date down when they would BEGIN selling tickets. Called them that very... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We loved the Sarasota production of the Nutcracker. Many families were there with children and the staging and design by the Sarasota Ballet was fantastic. My daughter also went to the Van Wezel with her kindergarten class to see productions based on children's books and had a great time. As with many performing arts halls, the only negative comment is... More

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Florida
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166 reviews 166 reviews
49 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Beautiful purple Frank Lloyd Wright designed theater seating 1800 people. Acoustics not perfect however. They offer some good shows, bringing Broadway to Sarasota. Setting is gorgeous on the Bay. Beautiful place

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

On April 23, 2014 my wife and I went to a performance of Shen Yun. We bought the tickets two months prior to the show and was not told that the seats had an obstructed view of the stage. So, we missed viewing about 20 percent of the production. At intermission, my wife spoke to the box office manager to... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We are season ticket holders and buy a number of other tickets throughout the season!! You can't beat the pricing or quality of performances!! We go to Tampa to see the first runs of the National Tours. - but love the variety that arrives each year in Sarasota!! Ushers can be a little over the top - but they are... More

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Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I am certain that this auditorium attracts top talent and shows. I, however, didn't have the opportunity, nor was I encouraged to see any of them. A rainy week in Sarasota left me and my husband to look for indoor options. We stopped at Van Wezel and were treated with a sense of distain. We were looking for options and... More

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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119 reviews 119 reviews
70 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

My wife and I attend performances at the Van Wezel several times each year while we are spending the winter months in Florida. We love the venue. The theatre is not too large so even the seats in the rear are pretty good. Nonetheless we always try to get seats no farther back that row 12. These are in the... More

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Nokomis, Florida, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We recently saw Jerry Seinfeld and Joan Rivers there and enjoyed it very much. The seats are comfy and the ushers are very helpful. They are prompt with the curtain and the lighting is great! And prices are reasonable for such big names.

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Tampa, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

My problem with printing the tickets I purchased online foreshadowed events to come. The box office was kind enough to print and mail the tickets when I explained that the link they emailed led to a broken page. I was the third caller that day with a similar complaint but the info was not passed along to anyone who could... More

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