Perform the Show

Run Time

The full show runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.


Scored for 5 saxophones (AATTB, lead alto doubles on soprano sax), 3 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, 2 percussion, rhythm section (electric guitar, jazz piano, Hammond B3 organ, electric bass, drumset), strings; Gospel choir and Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor soloists.

The show can also be performed with just rhythm section (electric guitar, jazz piano, Hammond B3 organ, electric bass, drumset) supporting the chorus and soloists.

Please be sure to indicate your preference when making an inquiry.

Performance Recommendations


Soprano and Mezzo-soprano vocalists: Both roles are more pop than classical, but require trained voices with wide range and control.

Tenor vocalist: This role is quite demanding. It requires a classically-trained tenor who is extremely versatile in other musical genres; he must be able to branch into gospel, jazz/scat, and R&B styles with fluidity.


Gospel choir: Eighty voices or more recommended, depending on the size of the hall.


It is highly recommended that the rhythm section be jazz players who can read chord charts. There is a small amount of improvisation in the lead saxophone part.

Program Note

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Hire Materials

All orchestral materials for Too Hot To Handel are available on hire. Contact the Music Administrator using the form below with all rental inquiries and perusal requests. Please note that the rental set will include one full score and one piano-vocal solos score, in addition to all instrumental parts.

All choral materials, to include SATB choral books and piano-vocal solos scores, are available for purchase from Educational Music Service.

Note: If you plan to perform only excerpts, please contact the Music Administrator using the form below prior to purchasing any choral materials, as extracted choral materials may be available for hire.

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