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The Van Wezel announces its 2017-18 season

The Van Wezel announces its 2017-18 season

| Sande Caplin |

Ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars because Sarasota’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall announced the schedule for its 2017-18 season. Chock-full of Broadway hits, big name bands, dance troupes, tribute acts, and belting starlets, this year’s lineup has something for everyone.

Some notable additions to the calendar are bringing lots of buzz and surely plenty of excitement so get your tickets now! Broadway shows like Motown The Musical, Jersey Boys, and The Lion King will be gracing the stage. Visits from renowned vocalists like Renee Fleming, Audra McDonald, Paul Anka, and Diana Krall are on the schedule. As well as appearances from music icons like Willie Nelson, Chicago, Rick Springfield, and The Beach Boys.

It’s clear that the Van Wezel is offering its widest variety of shows, concerts and Broadway per-formances ever! Check out the full list of events on the calendar below and purchase your tickets at:

Oct. 13: “Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll”

Oct. 17: Willie Nelson & Family

Oct. 30: Chicago

Nov. 3: “So You Think You Can Dance”

Nov. 4: “Doo Wop Spectacular”

Nov. 15: Celtic Thunder Symphony

Nov. 16: Straight No Chaser

Nov. 17: “Decades Rewind”

Nov. 18: Three Dog Night

Nov. 28: Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour

Dec. 2: “We Three Kings — An Irish Tenors Christmas”

Dec. 3: LeAnn Rimes “Today is Christmas” Tour

Dec. 5: “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story”

Dec. 11: “98 Degrees at Christmas”

Dec. 17: “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Dec. 21: Cirque Dreams “Holidaze”

Dec. 22: “A Christmas Carol”

Dec. 29: Moscow Ballet “Great Russian Nutcracker”

vanw2Jan. 3: “Salute to Vienna”

Jan. 5: Peter Cetera

Jan. 6-7: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

Jan. 8: “Night with Janis Joplin”

Jan. 9: “Cannoli, Latkes & Guilt” — Steve Solomon

Jan. 10: Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli — Nat King Cole Tribute

Jan. 12: “Tango Fire”

Jan. 15: 5th Dimension

Jan. 16: Renée Fleming

Jan. 17: Chita & Tune — “Two for the Road”

Jan. 18: The Drifters, The Platters and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters

Jan. 21: “Musical Thrones: A Parody”

Jan. 23: “Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King”

Jan. 25: Paul Anka

Jan. 26: Masters of Illusion

Jan. 28: Michael Feinstein: “Celebrating The Crooners”

Jan. 30-31: “Cabaret”

Feb. 1: BalletBoyz

Feb. 5: “In the Mood”

Feb. 6: Diana Krall

Feb. 7: Travis Wall’s “Shaping Sound — After the Curtain”

Feb. 14: The Beach Boys

Feb. 15: George Benson

Feb. 17: Michael McDonald

Feb. 18: The Hot Sardines

Feb. 19: “Stayin’ Alive — One Night of the Bee Gees”

Feb. 27: Moscow Festival Ballet “Romeo & Juliet” and “Carmen”

March 4: Celtic Woman

March 6-7: “The Wizard of Oz”

March 11: National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba

March 12: “Dance to the Movies”

March 13: Neil Berg’s “109 Years of Broadway”

March 14: Audra McDonald

March 15: Rick Springfield

March 21: The Four Phantoms

March 22: America

March 24: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell

March 26: “Peter Pan 3D Stage Spectacular”

March 27-April 1: “Motown The Musical”

April 4: Illusionist Rick Thomas — Nothing Happens Until You Dream!

April 5: Robert Dubac’s “The Book of Moron”

April 10-12: “Jersey Boys”

April 14: Wynonna & The Big Noise

April 15: Chris Botti

April 17: “Let It Be”

April 18: “ABBA the Concert”

April 19: The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

April 22: Bill Engvall

April 24-25: “A Chorus Line”

April 26: Mummenschanz “you & me”

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