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“Great talent, mediocre venue” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 North Tamiami Trail (US 41), Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 955-7676
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Ranked #27 of 88 Attractions in Sarasota
Type: Theaters, Operas, Symphonies
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Owner description: A good place for cultural entertainment.
Longboat Key, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great talent, mediocre venue”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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 the performance. If you are near either side, you are likely to be constantly bothered by folks who have no choice but to climb over you since THERE IS NO CENTER AISLE. My advice is to skip VW and head up to Tampa.

Visited May 2014
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Florida
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“Move Live on Tour”
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 morning and they were SOLD OUT except for two seats at the back row! How could that be?? They then told us that they had been selling tickets for 2 weeks!?! This was a shoddy procedure in our many years of buying tickets elsewhere!! Also, we found the ushers to be haughty and unpleasant!! We probably wont return to that venue.

Visited June 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Enjoyed the "Nutcracker" performance tremendously”
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 about the waiting time and congestion for the ladies' room during the intermission. Sometimes it's difficult to return to your seat in time for the second half of the show.

Visited December 2013
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Florida
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“Frank Lloyd Wright Design - Good shows”
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

Visited April 2014
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“Obstructed View/ Poor Customer Service”
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 complain about the seating. He was curt and abrupt. The ushers were more interested in finding a seat for themselves than caring about the paying customers.

Visited April 2014
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