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“The Purple Clam Shell” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #37 of 127 things to do in Sarasota
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Owner description: A good place for cultural entertainment.
Florida
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“The Purple Clam Shell”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

Frank Lloyd Wright built this art center. Broadway shows, symphonies, plays. 1800 seats. On the bay with spectacular views.

Visited November 2011
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“Lucky We have The Purple Clam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

We are so fortunate to have such culture in our small town of Sarasota. Along with the symphony, opera and ballet, the Van Wezel brings national touring company productions, broadway shows and Las Vegas type entertainers.

Visited November 2011
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“What a wonderful theatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

My wife and I have been visiting Sarasota for 10 years on vacation from the UK.This year we supported the SUMMON THE HEROES 9-11 Remembrance at the Van Wezel,what a an awesome evening and great theatre.The music was out of this world,along with the visual effects, and the choirs wow........
It was our first ever visit to this theatre,and it will not be our last.The setting on the bay is breathtaking, have a glass of wine before the show ,looking towards Lido and Longboat Keys with the sun low in the sky.I can understand why International stars are happy to play here.

Visited September 2011
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