Experience “A Whole New World” at the Van Wezel This Season!
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to share the 2022-2023 season filled with exciting Sarasota premieres and returning favorites. The upcoming season features some of the top names in live entertainment and includes something for everyone. Come experience this whole new world with us.
Mary Bensel, Executive Director of the Van Wezel shares her thoughts on the upcoming season: “After the past few years, we could all really use a laugh, so we’re bringing in an incredible lineup of comedians. The season kicks off with America’s premier comedian Jerry Seinfeld, followed by one of Hollywood’s most prolific creatives and Mad About You star, Paul Reiser, award-winning TV personality, Jay Leno, and comedy legends Rita Rudner and Robert Klein.” Other comedians coming to the Van Wezel include the King of Rant, Lewis Black, Floridian and Comedy Central star, Daniel Tosh, and Sarasota locals, The Smothers Brothers.
Bensel adds, “We are also excited about our musical line up. The original Jersey boy, Frankie Valli, returns to the Van Wezel stage for a fantastic concert, and the world-renowned groups The Temptations and The Four Tops will usher in an evening of soulful Motown music. We are also thrilled to host the talented Grammy® Award winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Bonnie Raitt in a Sarasota premiere.”
Bonnie Raitt, whose unique style blends blues, R&B, rock, and pop, will come to the Van Wezel stage on Friday, November 18 with her Just Like That…Tour. Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn will be joining Raitt on this tour. “I’m so excited to reunite with one of my favorite, soulful artists and dear friends, Marc Cohn, for our fall tour of the Southwest and Southern states,” says Raitt.
The diverse musical season will also include top-notch performances by perennial classic-rock favorite America, the Sarasota premiere of chart-topping country music star Scotty McCreery, one of the most successful singer-songwriters in music Paul Anka, and Tony® Award-winning Broadway legend Mandy Patinkin. Legendary singer, pianist and performer Michael Feinstein will celebrate the Judy Garland Centennial, as he takes us on a spectacular musical journey of Judy Garland’s illustrious career. Emmy® Award-nominated singer and voice of Riverdance on Broadway, Michael Londra, will combine music, dance, and stories of Ireland in a multimedia experience with Ireland with Michael – LIVE in a Sarasota premiere. Patrons will also enjoy an evening with Michael Bolton, the Grammy® Award winner and Emmy®-nominated singer, songwriter, and humanitarian.
Sixteen-time Grammy® Award winner David Foster and acclaimed singer, TV and Broadway star Katharine McPhee bring their viral Instagram show, The Kat and Dave Show, on the road. Coming directly from their living room to the Van Wezel stage on February 2, this intimate show with the powerhouse duo will be packed with David’s hits from Chicago, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban and more, and Kat’s biggest songs from American Idol, Smash and Waitress.
Coming to the Van Wezel stage will be the outstanding tribute shows RAIN – A Tribute to The Beatles, The Concert: A Tribute to ABBA and The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular.
There will also be an encore presentation of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Buddy tells the true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame until his tragic death less than two years later on “The Day the Music Died.”
Audiences will be on their feet dancing and singing along to Post Modern Jukebox: Life in the Past Lane Tour. This Sarasota premiere is a celebration of the greatest 20th century musical genres, fused with the recognizable hits of our own modern era, for the perfect patina of "vintage" and "modern."
The Van Wezel’s powerhouse Broadway season features several Sarasota premieres, such as crowd-favorite and Broadway sensation Disney’s Aladdin, Tina Fey’s iconic Mean Girls and in a limited engagement, Blue Man Group. For those who enjoy seeing the classics, the lineup features returning favorites such as Chicago, My Fair Lady and CATS.
The Dance Series includes the widely acclaimed Momix: Alice, which will take you on a journey filled with visual opulence and astonishing choreography, the universally renowned dance company Ailey II and the fresh Pilobolus Big Five-OH!, which promises to put a spin on tradition in their 50th anniversary show.
Other shows include the inspiring true story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet! and the critically acclaimed production of The Mikado, filled with abounding absurdity and astounding wit.
“We are ready for the return of a full-blown, star-studded season,” adds Bensel. “Every year, the Van Wezel strives to provide bigger and better performances that keep our patrons entertained. Get ready for another incredible season of spectacular live entertainment!”
Public on-sale begins September 10 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, at www.VanWezel.org, or by phone at (941) 263-6799.