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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

777 North Tamiami Trail (US 41), Sarasota, FL 34236
+1 941-955-7676
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Poor Facility Design Detracts from Enjoyment of Excellent Performances

With a capacity of 1700 seats and excellent visibility and acoustics throughout, the Van Wezel... read more

Reviewed January 28, 2013
Edward B
Sarasota, Florida
prefer the Straz or Eckerd

arrived a little before show time entrance not well marked,had to look for door to go into as they... read more

Reviewed January 27, 2013
Tampa, Florida
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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.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good23%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
777 North Tamiami Trail (US 41), Sarasota, FL 34236
+1 941-955-7676
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

With a capacity of 1700 seats and excellent visibility and acoustics throughout, the Van Wezel hosts a large variety of performances--musicals, comedies, lectures, classical and popular singers--during fall, winter and spring. Many of the visiting performers have a nostalgic appeal, but others are more current....More

4  Thank Edward B
Reviewed January 27, 2013

arrived a little before show time entrance not well marked,had to look for door to go into as they were all closed with no one in sight valet parking but could be signed better there were spaces blocked off for valet parking but it was...More

Thank molllly
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We keep an eye out for shows that interest us and then go. They have a little of everything from rock to opera. Very good selection so check there calendar of upcoming shows.

Thank Jodonna H
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We went to the Johnny Mathis concert last week and enjoyed both the concert and the theater. Our only complaint would be no center aisle so we had to step over a lot of people to get in and out of our seats. The seats...More

Thank jananded
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Each winter we take in a show or two at the Van Wezel. A small theater compared to major cities but they get top name performers and shows. We saw Mid-Town Boys this year and had lots of fun. A wide variety of events to...More

Thank shokotravel
Reviewed January 20, 2013

It is wonderful to see and hear The Sarasota Orchestra, but the hall has very poor acoustics. This respectable orchestra deserves better.

1  Thank DavidLur
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Great place to see everything from rock to Bach. The seating is in a large shallow arc around the stage. It's comfortable and there's a good place to eat during intermission.

Thank Janet S
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Despite it's purple color, someone once said Oglivanna, his wife chose the color, this is a wonderful performance hall. The accoustics are very good and the hall doesn't seem to have gone through corrections for sound. Rows are long so not easy for end seats....More

Thank blithspirit
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Attended a performance of the Sarasota Orchestra at the Van Wezel last night. This was the first time I have been to this facility. We bought tickets an hour before the show and sat in the last row of the balcony. The performance was excellent....More

Thank dsb223a
Reviewed January 11, 2013

The Fine Arts Society offers tours on the first Tuesday of the month from October thru May. For only $5 a person learns about some of the paintings in the lobbies and about the design and construction of the building. Then the tour goes backstage,...More

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