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Best Shows This Fall

in Sarasota

Dear Evan Hansen at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Dear Evan Hansen

Following its hugely successful run at Broadway's Music Box Theater, this darkly comic musical is touring across the country once more. The six-time Tony-winning, poignant and thought-provoking production has received rave reviews from critics for its unexpectedly touching portrayal of misunderstood youth, young love, and the search for acceptance, with a score from the composing team behind 2017's Academy Award-winning La-La Land, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Ornaments come to life when Cirque Dream: Holidaze's costumed characters perform astonishing feats that celebrate the holiday season with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams. Marvel at gingerbread men flipping through the air, toy soldiers skillfully marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen sculpting powerfully, penguins spinning, puppets caroling and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment.

Shrek - The Musical at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Shrek - The Musical

Join Shrek, Fiona and Donkey in this magical musical theatre version of the Oscar-winning Dreamworks animation. Following the same story beats as the movie, this Tony-winning show features original songs from Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), and a book by Pulitzer winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole).

Black Violin at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Black Violin

Classical music meets hip-hop in the groundbreaking duo Black Violin are heading out on tour! This outing that blurs the lines between genre, race, and gender with its unique fusion of groove and strings. The outfit features Will Baptiste on viola and Kev Marcus on the violin. Don't miss your chance to catch them live as they come to a stage near you.

John Crist at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

John Crist

The hotly anticipated John Crist is hitting the road, witness the viral video funnyman return with his wheeze-inducing stand-up routine and colorful characterisations, as well as fresh new material and never-before-seen-sketches. Heralded as the next big thing in comedy and a forerunner of Christian humour, Crist has amassed over 300 million views with his insightful sketches about the quirks and nuances of the modern Christian faith, drawing big laughs with videos like 'Millenial Missionaries', 'Road Rage In the Church Parking Lot' and 'Lady Who Has A Bible Verse For Every Situation'.

Leslie Jones at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Leslie Jones

Saturday Night Live talent and Emmy award nominee Leslie Jones is hitting the road later this year in her hilarious new tour! After three seasons on the famed sketch show, Jones is now host of Supermarket Sweep and a big name in Hollywood. Don't miss your chance to see Leslie Jones live as she brings her new material on the new tour, Leslie Jones: Live.

Air Supply at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Air Supply

The front runners of eighties soft-rock and still evolving, Air Supply know how to write a love song, creating the illusion of romance with sweeping ballads and sweet melodies. Touring now, an evening the Aussie megastars will enchant, as they play from their compelling and vast back catalog, with hits such as 'You are my Lady', 'Everywoman in the World', 'Without you' and many more!

Disney Junior Live On Tour at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Disney Junior Live On Tour

Hey kids, Mickey's back and he's brought all his friends. This fall, Disney Jr. will be making its way around the United States in the Let's Play Live tour, and will be bringing all your little ones' favorite characters to a stage near you. And if that's not enough, for the first time Ariel and SuperKitties Bitsy will be joining Mickey on stage for dances and songs. Perfect for preschoolers and the whole family, make this your first experience of where the magic begins with the House of Mouse!

Andrew Dice Clay at McCurdys Comedy Theatre

Andrew Dice Clay

One of the most controversial comics of all time, Andrew Dice Clay is experiencing a bit of a career resurgence of late. With recent appearances in TV shows like Entourage and his much heralded dramatic turn in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, the x-rated comic is back in the spotlight after years out of the public eye.

T.J. Miller at McCurdys Comedy Theatre

T.J. Miller

Also known as Erlich Bachman in HBO sitcom Silicon Valley and Wade Wilson's wise-cracking friend in Deadpool, Miller is an accomplished comedian and actor. Known for his deadpan zingers and semi-stoner persona, he's not afraid of controversy (that Uber ride, and the gig in Puerto Rica), often stirring the pot with absurdist observational standup act for over 10 years. In addition, he has also lent his raspy voice to animated hits How To Train Your Dragon 1 and 2 and Big Hero 6.

Wheel of Fortune at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Wheel of Fortune

For the first time ever, everyone's favorite game show Wheel Of Fortune is touring theaters nationwide, offering would-be-winners the chance to take a shot at winning big right in your home city! Hosted by Mark L. Wahlberg and Clay Aiken, it's not just participants in with an opportunity to win, with audience members selected at random to also win prizes!

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