About two years ago I was searching for a tune that could accompany the theme of a conference I was presenting at; Everything Old is New Again was what they chose so I began my search. Turned out it was easier than I thought as I almost immediately came across a song co-written by the late great Australian composer/performer/piano player Peter Allen entitled “Everything Old is New Again”.
Peter Allen came to the United Stated in a rather interesting way. Judy’ Garland’s husband saw him perform in Hong Kong and invited him to play with Judy in London and back in the U.S. No doubt through his association with Judy Garland, Peter Allen met Liza Minelli and went on to become her first husband.
Peter Allen co-wrote an incredible amount in a variety of styles including “I Honestly Love You” one of Olivia Newton John’s greatest hits and the Grammy Award winning “Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do”) from the movie Arthur. His collaborators included some of the best in the business including Burt Bacharach, Jeff Barry and Carol-Bayer Sager who wrote “Everything Old is New Again” with Peter Allen.
Peter Allen’s first recording of the “Everything Old is New Again” was on his album entitled Continental American. The song can be heard in the wonderful film “All That Jazz” in a great scene featuring a cute studio dance number featuring the incredible Anne Reinking and Erzsebet Foldiperforming for Roy Sheider. Allen’s brilliant career was later honoured in the play “The Boy from Oz” that eventually went on to Broadway success starring the talented Hugh Jackman, a fellow Ozzie. Jackman won a Tony award in 2004 for his performance in this role. The song “Everything Old Is New Again” was apparently a real showstopper!
There are a quite a few versions of this song available. For the purpose of my chair fitness classes I have chosen one by Donna Lee. It has a joyful theatrical feel, full arrangement and a lot of personality. Her musical arrangement makes it a good choice for creating choreography that works well with the song and my demographic.