PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – "The Terminator" is now a musical.
Yep, the cybernetic organism (living tissue over a metal endoskeleton) first made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1984 movie of the same name has been made into a musical set to debut this weekend at the Fallout Theater in Austin, Texas.
"Terminator: The Musical" is the brainchild of Breanna Bietz, who wrote and directed the stage production, which is a mash-up of the original movie and its 1991 sequel, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."
"A few years ago I said, as a candid joke to a friend, 'Hey, wouldn't it be funny if there was a 'Terminator' musical?" Bietz told Local10.com in an email. "And then I just decided to start writing it."
Bietz has long been a fan of the "Terminator" franchise.
"I've always loved the films, especially the original 'Terminator' and 'Judgment Day' sequel (the two films covered in the musical), but the fun for me was finding the less-obvious through-lines about love, family and time-travel situational awareness and playing with those elements, bringing them to the forefront," Bietz said. "Sarah Connor is one of the most badass action movie characters, and the Terminator is one of few characters to successfully make the transition from villain in the first movie to good guy in the sequel."
While Bietz was pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in New Orleans, she was also collaborating with theater professionals, rewriting the show and developing vocal arrangements for the numbers.
"I spent a chunk of time work-shopping the show in New Orleans," Bietz said. "Without that incubation period, and input of some very creative musical directors, it wouldn't be the show that it is now."