Help Bring ILLEGAL: A NEW MUSICAL to the Stage!

Before the pandemic interrupted our plans, we intended to mount a full professional production of "Illegal." We are hoping to make that goal a reality in 2022, in recognition of the 140th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Whenever we're able to finally make it happen, we want to be prepared, and a professional production will require significant financial investment.

Typical musical productions in New York City cost at least $30,000. 

View our projected BUDGET BREAKDOWN here

We will be deeply grateful for any support that you are moved to give us to help broaden our reach and expand our capacity to share this moving, urgent, and little-known story with as many people as we can.

Donors of $100 or more will receive special perks, such as bonus content and VIP access to performances. : )


More about the show: 

Responding to recent anti-Asian racism and violent incidents, particularly against Asian women, Illegal is a historical fiction rap-rock musical that tells the stories of Asian Americans, immigrants, and women of color especially.

Created in 2019 by Skyler Chin, and co-composed by Sita Sunil, Illegal: A New Musical pays respect to the challenges immigrant families face today, shines a light on AAPI history, and gives voice to some of America’s first “illegal” immigrants. Inspired by the 1923 detainment and interrogation of Skyler’s grandfather on Angel Island en route to Manhattan Chinatown, Illegal confronts the history of anti-Asian prejudice that Skyler’s ancestors experienced during the Chinese Exclusion era and that many still face a century later. The show's bold, irreverent characters and upbeat, comedic moments honor the fighting spirit of those who persevered and allowed future Americans to proudly tell their stories.

A Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center’s 2022 National Music Theater Conference, Illegal is the proud love child of Hamilton and Bruce Lee, with fast-talking clever wordplay, an innovative blend of rap, rock, and historical references, and colorful characters ready to take on the world—with kung fu, if need be. Illegal brings to center stage people largely left out of American history textbooks and mostly unseen on American stages.

Help us change that!

Learn more here.

Listen to songs on SoundCloud  or on YouTube.
  • William Wu 
    • $50 
    • 12 d
    • $1,200 
    • 1 mo
  • Kate Shim 
    • $40 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
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Skyler Chin 
New York, NY