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Sigmund Romberg

Romberg Zsigmond

Composer, Pianist, Conductor

(1887 - 1951)

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Sigmund Romberg had already served in the army in Hungary before emigrating to the U.S. He was hired as staff composer for the Shubert brothers where he wrote material for revues by entertainers such as Al Jolson and adapted European musicals for American audiences, contributing to over 50 Broadway shows during his lifetime. Romberg wrote “Auf Weidersehn” for his first operetta (1915), collaborated on the successful Maytime (1915), and adapted Franz Schubert’s compositions for Blossom Time (1921).

Then he settled into writing a series of operettas that were international hits. The first, The Student Prince (1924), featured lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly for the lively “Drinking Song” and for “Serenade.” Two years later, with Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto Harbach, Romberg scored The Desert Song, based on the exotic tales of The Prisoner of Zenda, which featured “All Alone” and the captivating title tune. In 1928, again with Hammerstein, Romberg wrote The New Moon, which flopped in tryouts. Retaining the rousing “Stouthearted Men” but with a new libretto and new songs--“Softly As in a Morning Sunrise,” “Lover Come Back to Me,” and “Wanting You”--the show opened to rave reviews. That same year Rosalie, written in collaboration with the Gershwins and P.G.Wodehouse, was a Broadway hit.

Despite the success of his operettas, Broadway had had enough and was moving on to more contemporary fare. Romberg conducted concerts of his music and continued to write for stage and screen, collaborating on “When I Grow Too Old to Dream” with Hammerstein for a 1934 film. Up in Central Park (1945), with Dorothy Fields was a moderate success, but Romberg died before he saw his last show, The Girl in Pink Tights (1954), staged. A movie, Deep in My Heart (1954), starring Jose Ferrer, told a somewhat fictionalized story of Romberg’s life.

- Sandra Burlingame

Great Hits from Sigmund Romberg

Various Artists


Sigmund Romberg, Ohio Light Opera Orchestra

The Girl in Pink Tights (1954 Original Broadway Cast)

Sigmund Romberg, Leo Robin, Jeanmaire, Charles Goldner

Softly as in a Morning Sunrise

Junior Mance

Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise

Eric Dolphy

Softly as in a Morning Sunrise

Walter Lang Trio

Lover Come Back to Me

James Moody

Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil

Chris Connor

Sigmund Romberg and His Orchestra

Lawrence Brooks, Warren Galjour, William Diehl, Sigmund Romberg, Sigmund Romberg, Lillian Cornell, Sigmund Romberg Orchestra, Genevieve Rowe, Lois Hunt, Shirlee Emmons, Eric Mattison, Eric Mattson, Richard Wright, Stuart Churchill
Reading and Viewing

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Sigmund Romberg (Composer)

The Music of Sigmund Romberg

Warner Bros

William A. Everett

Sigmund Romberg (Yale Broadway Masters Series)

Yale University Press

Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Louis Calhern, Jane Greer, Lewis Stone

The Prisoner of Zenda

Warner Home Video


Nelson Eddy, Eleanor Powell, Frank Morgan, Edna May Oliver, Ray Bolger


MGM (Warner)


Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Mary Boland, George Zucco, H.B. Warner

New Moon

MGM (Warner)


Deanna Durbin, Vincent Price

Up in Central Park (1948)


Kathryn Grayson, Gordon MacRae, Steve Cochran, Raymond Massey, Dick Wesson

The Desert Song

Warner Home Video


Edmund Purdom (dubbed by Mario Lanza), Ann Blyth

The Student Prince (1954)


Jose Ferrer, Merle Oberon

Deep in My Heart

MGM (Video & DVD)


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