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“The best venue for entertainment in Sarasota.”

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Ranked #38 of 143 things to do in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Rhode Island
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72 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“The best venue for entertainment in Sarasota.”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

Great variety of concerts and plays.
Prices are reasonable.
Parking is convenient.
Ushers are all volunteers and couldn't be nicer.
The Van Wezel in right on Sarasota Bay, a beautiful place to walk and take in the beautiful scenery.

Visited February 2012
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Sarasota, Florida
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“An amazing place”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

There are no bad seats in the Van Wezel - affectinately known by locals as "The Purple Cow", you can't miss it when you drive by. Also an excellent view of the pristine Sarasota Bay...great shows as well.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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103 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Sarasota Orchestra”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

In an acoustically excellent hall, an average symphony orchestra may sound good, and a good symphony orchestra might sound great. So when a very good orchestra plays beloved music well (Wagner, Grieg, Schubert), there results a short time spent in heaven. Lucky to hear one of Leif Bjaland's final conducting outings. Please, though, PLEASE, spend some of your capital fund on putting an aisle through the interminably broad sea of seats that comprise the majority of the hall. Imagine a fire in the place (better not).

Visited February 2012
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MANNHEIM
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156 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“A whale of a show”
Reviewed 18 February 2012

I visited a performance of CATS. Everything about the Hall was perfect. Friendly and helpful service when I bought the ticket there, the friendliness at the door before the performance, the seats were roomy and comfortable, the legroom better than usual and the view of the stage unhindered. During intercession the service was just great. And most of all: the show was incredible, better than on Broadway and in Hamburg, germany.

Visited February 2012
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Sarasota, Florida
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103 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Just so-so!”
Reviewed 17 February 2012

The bar at intermission was dirty, sloppy, and slow. Saw Harry Conick Jr and the crowd was just sooo boring--so unenthusiastic... so decided not to see B.B. King there--maybe somewhere else, though in the East.

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