'Mother B!' musical to premier at UDPAC

UPPER DARBY Mother B!, a musical written in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, is scheduled to premiere at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in concert version.

The event will star actress Denise Whelan, include a cast of 16 Philadelphia actors, and feature 200 singers from the Pennsylvania Girlchoir and the Keystone State Boychoir.

Written by Philadelphia native Steven Fisher, Mother B! is about Mary Ann Bickerdyke, who was also known as Mother B.

Called the "Florence Nightingale of the Civil War," Bickerdyke witnessed more than 19 battles and set up more than 300 field hospital with innovative approaches to hygiene and soldier care.

Mother B! is about her friendship with "Little Albert," a character inspired by the real-life Pvt. Albert Cashier. Cashier was born Jennie Hodgers and is the only documented female known to have fought the entire Civil War without being found out by authorities during the conflict.

For Mother B! tickets and more information, go to or call 610-622-1189.

- Inquirer staff