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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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Address: 777 North Tamiami Trail (US 41), Sarasota, FL 34236
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+1 941-955-7676
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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A Nice Place But...

Van Wezel is a nice place BUT they charge you a parking fee even though you don't park in their lot. There is no center aisle in the Van Wezel it is a real pain to get to and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 21, 2012
EdmarSarasota
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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194 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

Van Wezel is a nice place BUT they charge you a parking fee even though you don't park in their lot. There is no center aisle in the Van Wezel it is a real pain to get to and from your seat. The aisles areWe narrow and you must climb over people. For the price you pay for a ticket,... More 

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Tampa Bay, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

We were lucky enough to see Natalie Cole twice here, and Olivia Newton-John once, and both ladies were fantastic and sounded great.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

The road show of Mel Brooks' "Frankenstein" ccaptured the zany comedian's genius for advancing the gag and the pun to artistic levels. And the near capacity crowd overwhelmingly encouraged the cast to show off their skills. Against the background of this marvelously designed Frank Lloyd Wright theater on Sarasota Bay made for a solidly memorable evening.

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

Excellent shows and stars come here and we enjoy having such a great theatre so close to home instead of travelling to Tampa. Seating is good as is the parking. Pre-dinner meals could be better.

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

Ticket prices include parking, the place sits on Sarasota Bay. Great acoustics and no matter where you sit you have great views of the stage

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

From the bilious exterior color to the unbelievable seating with no center aisle, this poorly concieved structure is the antithasis of good design. Let us pray that there will never be a fire which will create a pile up of walkers and worse. Parking is another detraction with the lots too far away. It is obvious that the designers did... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

The "Purple Cow" provides a great venue for a variety of events. Overlooking Sarasota Bay, it has stellar acoustics and provides a wonderful setting for plays, concerts and various shows.

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florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

Great schedule of events close to home. Many enjoyable shows!!

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1 Thank calumetdonna
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

What a great place to see a show. We've seen everything from Broadway shows to rock concerts here, and have never been disappointed! Go early and walk along the bayfront...

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philadelphia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012

This is a great venue, no bad seats, and free parking

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