What a fantastic 2022 season! THANK YOU to the incredible Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Flushing Town Hall, UC Berkeley, Bronx High School of Science, Yaya Kids Theater, Queens College Kupferberg Center, UA3, OCA-NY, the Queens Public Library, and more for hosting live concert performances of ILLEGAL and supporting Asian-American history education through art. Our talented cast and creative team earned rave reviews with the support of our student production teams and sponsors. We were honored to receive recognition for our AAPI storytelling from Congresswoman Grace Meng and Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti. If you missed us, be sure to follow us on social media to receive updates on our upcoming shows, including March 11, 2023 at the Viscardi Center on Long Island!

2021 was a fulfilling year of virtual presentations and new connections.
Here are some of the highlights:

  • Named a Semi-Finalist for the 2022 National Music Theater Conference at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (in consideration for the Finalist round).
  • Performed as the featured act in the Music for Change benefit concert at Carnegie Hall in October.
  • Connected with incredible advocates, educators, and students, and introduced Illegal to hundreds of new fans on our virtual tour. We discussed how sharing Asian American history, storytelling and arts activism can combat hate, inspire empathy and advocate for justice. #StopAsianHate #AAPIHistoryIsAmericanHistory
  • Our grassroots fundraising got off to a great start thanks to our generous fans and supporters (via Fractured Atlas, Go Fund Me.)
Skyler Chin and Nick Leung perform “The Legend of Slim Chin and Fat Pork” at Carnegie Hall.

Illegal is a new musical about some of America’s first illegal immigrants, inspired by my own grandfather’s detainment and interrogation on Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay in 1923, and by the poetry carved into the walls by fellow detainees.

Illegal is a fresh reimagining of this little-known history told with non-stop music, rap, rock, spoken word, kung fu, comedy, and colorful characters. In 2019, the award-winning workshop production at Yale University was described as “wildly entertaining” and “an emotionally satisfying story that resonates with contemporary politics – full of catchy music and clever wordplay.”