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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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Address: 777 North Tamiami Trail (US 41), Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number: 19419557676
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The City of Sarasota's landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been...

The City of Sarasota's landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been entertaining audiences with a variety of Broadway, orchestra, classical, music, dance, theater and comedy for more than 45 years.

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Good - Intimate Theatre; Bad - Head Sets; Ugly - Emergency Exit Route

The Van Wezel is located on a beautiful piece of property with spectacular water views in park-like surroundings. Our party of 8 attended the Book of Mormon production and were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2016
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Wilmington, Delaware
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Sarasota, Fl/Paw Paw, W.V.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Wonderful design. Great entertainment. Beautiful location. Ample parking. Staying or living in Sarasota, take in one of the shows. It is conveniently located in Downtown, Sarasota and sits in front of the beautiful bay. 10 minutes away from St. Armands Circle, Main street, and Marina Jack. The seats are comfortable. One has a great view of the show. The lobby... More 

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Englewood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

When I got a birthday card in May celebrating my birthday - which is in July !!!!- I just thought my Boston friends had forgotten the right date. Imagine my surprise when I opened it and found 2 tickets to the June 16th show for my favorite dancers of DANCING WITH THE STARTS....Maks and Val!!! (they just told me they... More 

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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

We recently purchased tickets for Chris Isaak (who was incredible to say the least!) in part to see him but also because we hadn't been to the theater as of yet. Let me say that we were very impressed with EVERYTHING about the place. Parking was F-R-E-E (yes, FREE!), very easy walk to the theater; the acoustics were the best... More 

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VanWezel P, Public Relations Manager at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We appreciate your time helping customers planning their visit to Sarasota and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall as well as so very pleased to hear you had a great experience! More 

Bel Air, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

Wonderful venue along Sarasota Bay. Get there early and follow the walkway behind the venue. There are sofas and chairs where you can sit and watch the sun setting over the water. No rush to get into the theater because since there isn't a center aisle, if you get there early you just spend your time standing to let each... More 

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VanWezel P, Public Relations Manager at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! We totally agree, the view of the sunsets from our Bayside patio are fabulous! We welcome all to come and enjoy. More 

Port orange
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

Saw the Moody Blues there. Nice venue. The music sounded great. Seats are comfortable. Lots of leg room. Easy to park.

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VanWezel P, Guest Relations Manager at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. We appreciate your thoughts as you help our visiting patrons and the community at large by providing valuable insight. Warmly The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

We went to see The Book of Mormon and it was fantastic but definitely not for the faint of heart. The singing was fabulous. The only problem is if you are at the end of the row, you might as well not sit down until everyone is in. It is either sit down and get your feet stepped on or... More 

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VanWezel P, Guest Relations Manager at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and kind words. We're happy to hear you had an enjoyable experience! Warmly, VW More 

Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

What a wonderful place to see musicians perform! Great acoustics, very friendly volunteers & the venue is lovely. We will now consider making the trip to Sarasota for future weekend getaways which include going to a concert.

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VanWezel P, Guest Relations Manager at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, responded to this review

Thank you, we appreciate your time and kind words. Warmly, VW More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

The Van Wezel is located on a beautiful piece of property with spectacular water views in park-like surroundings. Our party of 8 attended the Book of Mormon production and were seated in various areas of the theatre. Although every seat provides a better-than-average view of the stage, the acoustics differed depending on your seat section. Two of us seated on... More 

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VanWezel P, Guest Relations Manager at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we appreciate it! We hope your future plans bring you back to our beautiful venue. Warmly, VW More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

Although I've been coming to Sarasota for eight years, this year is the first that we've gotten to the Van Wezal. I recommend that you go! They book excellent and varied performances. We saw 42nd St. And 107 Years of Broadway. Both excellent. But you must purchase tickets well in advance. The theater itself is a bit odd in that... More 

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VanWezel P, Guest Relations Manager at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and helpful review, we appreciate it! Warmly, VW More 

Columbia, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

We attended a Neil Burg concert which was filled with lots of talent - maybe a bit too loud and I have no hearing problems. But the hall was a main concern. I have read the manager's comments that the fire safety regulations have all been adhered to and find it hard to believe. If you have never been there... More 

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VanWezel P, Guest Relations Manager at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, responded to this review

Thank you Vivi for your review, we appreciate all of our guests comments. We understand our customers concerns regarding safety. The hall was built nearly fifty years ago and yes we fully recognize the counter intuitive nature of the design and accessibility. We have dutifully met our commitments for safety as a government owned public facility. Our safety standards must... More 

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