Stephen Pearl was inspired while working with Irv Kratka at Music Minus One to create a series of recordings of Broadway musicals that would provide background music for singers. In 1997, his newly formed company, Stage Star Records, released its first product, recordings for the musical The Fantastics. Several other noted CDs followed, including Rent, Annie, and a special version of Fiddler on the Roof, which utilized only klezmer instruments. Among the unique features of Stephen’s arrangements are longer introductions to the songs, such as what he added to his Annie recordings, which provide more time for the singers to get ready to begin.
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