Route 66 Theatre Company Presents Michael Mahler and The Lincoln Squares performing The Joshua Tree by U2

R66_JoshuaTreeRoute 66 Theatre Company is pleased to present the first of it’s 2014 Concert Series events: Michael Mahler and The Lincoln Squares performing The Joshua Tree by U2 along with special musical theater guest performers. Tickets are currently on sale through the Route 66 Theatre Company website: www.route66theatre.orgThe concert will be a one night only special event on Sunday, June 15 at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30PM

The Lincoln Squares are Michael Mahler on guitar and vocals; Alex Goodrich (Old Jews Telling Jokes at Royal George Theatre) on harmonica, banjo, ukulele, acoustic guitar, singing saw and vocals; Derek Hasenstab (Road Show at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) on bass and vocals; Jim Barclay on drums and Alan Schmuckler composer/lyricist of Days Like Today at Writers Theatre (unavailable due to conflicts) with Matt Deitchman (Road Show at Chicago Shakespeare Theater) on keyboards, guitar and vocals; Greg Hirte on violin and Annabelle Barclay on tambourine. You can find more information about The Lincoln Squares and download their original music at

“I met Mike while working on his musical Knute Rockne: All-American back in 2008 and have enjoyed working with him as an actor on stage (in Route 66’s High Fidelity) and as a music director (in Paramount Theater’s production of The Music Man). This marks our fourth collaboration with The Lincoln Squares having produced Tommyand Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band last year. These one night only concert events are not to be missed.” says Route 66 Artistic Director Stef Tovar.

The guest artists for The Joshua Tree include some of the top musical theater talent in Chicago including Bethany Thomas (Jeff Award winner for South Pacific at Marriott Theatre), Molly Callinan (Featured Singer of Gary Sinise’s LT Dan Band and Mazeppa in Gypsy at Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Lara Filip (Signs of Life at Victory Gardens Theater), Liam Quealy (Cats at Marriott Theatre), Tempe Thomas(Candide at Goodman Theatre), Dina DiConstanzo (Boeing Boeing at Drury Lane Theatre), Matt Mueller (Merry Wives of Windsor at Chicago Shakespeare Theater),Andrew Mueller (Mark in Rent at Paramount Theatre), Adam Michaels (Roger inRent at Paramount Theatre), Laura Savage (Cats at Marriott Theatre), Jake Klinkhammer (Cats at Marriott Theatre), Audrey Billings (Miss Saigon at Paramount Theatre), Dara Cameron (Old Jews Telling Jokes at Royal George Theatre and Hero at Asolo Rep), Emily Rohm (Les Miserables at Drury Lane Theatre and the upcoming Brigadoon at Goodman Theatre) and Route 66 Theatre Company Artistic Director Stef Tovar.


The Joshua Tree

By U2

Directed by Tammy Mader

Music Direction by Michael Mahler

Featuring The Lincoln Squares (Michael Mahler, Alex Goodrich, Derek Hasenstab and Jim Barclay) with Matt Deitchman, Greg Hirte and Annabelle Barclay. And special guests: Bethany Thomas, Molly Callinan, Lara Filip, Liam Quealy, Tempe Thomas, Dina DiConstanzo, Matt Mueller, Andrew Mueller, Adam Michaels, Laura Savage, Jake Klinkhammer, Audrey Billings, Dara Cameron, Emily Rohm and Stef Tovar.

Mayne Stage, 1330 W. Morse Ave, Chicago IL 60626





$100 (INCLUDES RESERVE SEATING, VALET PARKING AND “The Soundcheck Experience” Enjoy sound check with the artists and a free drink!

About Michael Mahler:

Michael Mahler is the singer/songwriter/guitarist for The Lincoln Squares whose debut EP is available online at His songs have been performed in concerts and showcases around the world, including an evening at the Kennedy Center. Michael won the Jeff Award for his musical Hero and recently contributed additional lyrics to Cameron Mackintosh’s smash West End revival of Miss Saigon.

About the Director:

Tammy Mader AEA, SDC. When the original members of The Lincoln Squares first jammed together in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Drury Lane Theatre and again at Water Tower place, Tammy was the director/choreographer. It is with great pride that she joins the jam session once again. Some of Tammy’s credits include choreographer for Young FrankensteinNext to Normal and Hairspray (Jeff Award for Choreography and nomination for Director-2012) at Drury Lane Theatre, 42nd Streetat Marriott Theatre (2011 Jeff Award for Choreography); Animal Crackers at Centerstage, Baltimore and 42nd Street at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. She recently was seen as a performer in Cats at the Marriott Theatre.

Route 66 Theatre Company

Route 66 Theatre Company introduces, develops, produces, and exports new work for the stage. The road begins with our new play development process and reaches west, where our world and Chicago Premiere shows are given an advocate for further regional productions along the road less traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles. Since the company’s founding, Route 66 has produced 6 Equity productions, 2 in two cities including a New York premiere, been nominated for five Jeff Awards and won two. 2014 is Route 66’s first full season of new work.

Route 66’s 2014 season concludes with the world premiere of Caitlin Parrish’s The Downpour, featuring Caroline Neff, Brenda Barrie, Peter Moore and Artistic Director Stef Tovar, directed by Associate Artistic Director Erica Weiss. At Greenhouse Theater Center opening September 13, 2014. 

Route 66 is Stef Tovar, Founder and Artistic Director; Erica Weiss, Associate Artistic Director; Caitlin Parrish, Resident Playwright; Alana Parvey-Zalas, Business Manager; Matthew Bonaccorso, Company Manager; Alex Lubischer, Literary Manager