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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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Idina Menzel

This venue is at a beautiful location, very nice, however like mentioned before by others no center... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
New Jersey
Nice venue to see a show - Handicaps be careful of where you are seated!

I've been to the Van Wezel twice in the last 2 months. The theater is very, very nice and a great... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Bradenton, 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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“center seats” (7 reviews)
“long rows” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 22:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
777 North Tamiami Trail (US 41), Sarasota, FL 34236
+1 941-955-7676
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This venue is at a beautiful location, very nice, however like mentioned before by others no center aisles so you have to walk down a very long line of chairs to get to your chair if you are not assigned a seat at the end...More

Thank DNBD
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I've been to the Van Wezel twice in the last 2 months. The theater is very, very nice and a great place to see a show. However, on one of those visits I was accompanied by a handicapped person. Our seats were on the left...More

Thank HappyWanderer824
Reviewed 7 May 2017

No need to go to Broadway in Manhattan to watch a show. Van Wezel Performing Arts has consistently presented shows that cost considerably less, with comparable quality of shows shown at the Big Apple. We have seen many Broadway shows at this venue for several...More

Thank JohnBA7411
Reviewed 29 April 2017

There are 2 methods of entering this place ..left side or right side. Rows are aligned with approximately 75 seats across the span of the arena. It is murder on those with knee and leg problems to stand up and allow people to get by...More

Thank poroxx
Reviewed 26 April 2017

First visit to the Van Wezel, shame on me for living near Sarasota since 2006 and never coming to this wonderful venue! The show was early evening and this review moot, since the artists paying tribute to Queen have completed their tour of the U.S....More

Thank meurus
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

My family and I saw a show here and it was very wonderful. The outside is vibrant and the inside is classy. During the intermission, you can get drinks and snacks if needed. Much recommended.

Thank maddigrace
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This was something my husband very much wanted to see, but we were late getting tickets and thus didn't get the perfect seats. Nevertheless, we were able to see everything and the enjoy the music, and were relieved that this hall has acoustics that are...More

Thank Peggy M
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Beautiful Hall, our play was awesome, comfortable seats, long rows so be ready to jump up and let others pass, audio was a bit distorted and we were not able to hear the words in some songs, very pricy, great job herding the crowds in...More

Thank travelers966
Reviewed 26 March 2017

We saw the musical Chicago at the Van Wezel on a Saturday night. Arrived early as we weren't sure what traffic would be like, but it turned out to be light. There were virtually no signs to guide us into the regular parking lot so...More

Thank Kingston_Lou
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Spacious parking area, restaurant on premises, good acoustic, spacious layout , we saw Chicago which was excellent, just as on Broadway, it was fantastic. One major concern is that there is no center aisles, in an emergency it would be extremely difficult to evacuate in...More

Thank Karlpeter2013
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What restaurants would you recommend close to the Van Wezel for dinner tonight?
9 January 2015|
Response from VanWezel P | Property representative |
Well we're pretty certain your dinner plans have expired at this point. However, we would like to provide you with the best dining options moving forward should your plans bring you back to our wonderful city. We are a... More