Paul Batterson

Paul Batterson In 25 years of working with newspapers and magazines, Paul Batterson has had the pleasure of interviewing wide variety of people, from Phil Campbell of Motorhead to David Hasselhoff to the San Diego chicken. He was born in Columbus, graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and spent three years in Frankfurt, Germany before returning to Columbus. He lives here with his wife, Nancy, and children Alicia and Grant.


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BWW Reviews: Kids' A+ Performance Gives School of Rock a Passing GradeBWW Reviews: Kids' A+ Performance Gives School of Rock a Passing Grade
Posted: Oct. 12, 2017


BWW Reviews: WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY quartet rings a bell in Columbus stopBWW Reviews: WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY quartet rings a bell in Columbus stop
Posted: Sep. 25, 2017


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BWW Review:  Weathervane Playhouse Polishes Up One of Schwartz's Forgotten Gems, CHILDREN OF EDENBWW Review: Weathervane Playhouse Polishes Up One of Schwartz's Forgotten Gems, CHILDREN OF EDEN
Posted: Jun. 4, 2017


BWW Review: Plan a trip to see Weathervane's SOUTH PACIFICBWW Review: Plan a trip to see Weathervane's SOUTH PACIFIC
Posted: Jul. 5, 2017


BWW Reviews: Short North Stage's SPAMALOT Captures Lunacy of Monty PythonBWW Reviews: Short North Stage's SPAMALOT Captures Lunacy of Monty Python
Posted: Mar. 27, 2017


BWW Review: CATCO Posts Powerful Performances of FUN HOMEBWW Review: CATCO Posts Powerful Performances of FUN HOME
Posted: Sep. 18, 2017


BWW Reviews: Edgy AVENUE Q finds its place on Newark's GPSBWW Reviews: Edgy AVENUE Q finds its place on Newark's GPS
Posted: Jul. 31, 2017


BWW Review: Audience Not Left Hanging in Short North Stage's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMANBWW Review: KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN at Short North Stage
Posted: Nov. 7, 2016


BWW Review: MAMMA MIA May Induce 70s FlashbacksBWW Review: MAMMA MIA May Induce 70s Flashbacks
Posted: Dec. 27, 2016


BWW Reviews: Kids' A+ Performance Gives School of Rock a Passing GradeBWW Reviews: Kids' A+ Performance Gives School of Rock a Passing Grade
October 12, 2017

Remember Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer of such Broadway standards as JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CATS, EVITA, and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA? You know the King Midas of the West End? The crown prince of Broadway?

BWW Reviews: WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY quartet rings a bell in Columbus stopBWW Reviews: WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY quartet rings a bell in Columbus stop
September 25, 2017

After its visit to Columbus on Sept. 22, WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY should come with a warning label: 'Husbands, wives, and significant others should not let their partners see Ryan Stiles, Jeff Davis, Greg Proops and Joel Murray alone.' Just ask Travis, who allowed his girlfriend Nicole to attend the Riffe Center show without him.

BWW Review: CATCO Posts Powerful Performances of FUN HOMEBWW Review: CATCO Posts Powerful Performances of FUN HOME
September 18, 2017

Theatergoers found Post-It Notes attached to their program and were asked to describe CATCO's performance of the musical FUN HOME. It turns out the one inch square probably wasn't large enough.

BWW Interview: Greg Proops Tows a Fine Line with Improv GroupBWW Interview: Greg Proops Tows a Fine Line with Improv Group
September 11, 2017

In its six year hiatus from American television from 2007-13, people would always asked comedian Greg Proops, 'Do you miss not doing WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY anymore?' Proops would always shake his head.

BWW Review: Fragile MENAGERIE Flourishes Because of Strong CharactersBWW Review: Fragile MENAGERIE Flourishes Because of Strong Characters
September 11, 2017

Amanda Wingfield, the centerpiece of Tennessee Williams' 1944 masterpiece, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, is much like the staple Southern hospitality, the lemon meringue pie. On the outside, she appears to be all sugar and whipped cream but the topping only provides a thin layer to cover a curt, tart filling.

BWW Reviews: Edgy AVENUE Q finds its place on Newark's GPSBWW Reviews: Edgy AVENUE Q finds its place on Newark's GPS
July 31, 2017

Weathervane Playhouse managing artistic director Kevin Connell had a sense of trepidation leading up to the July 27 opening night for AVENUE Q. Written by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty, AVENUE Q is classified as 'Sesame Street for adults' and is the only show on the Newark theatre's summer calendar to come with a warning label about strong language and adult content. It also may be the only Weathervane production to rhyme the lines 'We'll be fine, thank you! See ya' with 'Hope you don't get gonorrhea.'

BWW Reviews: Madcap COMEDY OF TENORS a comedic tour de farceBWW Reviews: Madcap COMEDY OF TENORS a comedic tour de farce
July 17, 2017

There are two inherent dangers when presenting a sequel. The first is those who saw the earlier work will, undoubtedly, compare the current work to the former. The second is those who didn't see the previous piece might become lost when viewing the later work.

BWW Review: Plan a trip to see Weathervane's SOUTH PACIFICBWW Review: Plan a trip to see Weathervane's SOUTH PACIFIC
July 5, 2017

Under the direction of Valerie Accetta, the Weathervane Playhouse's revival of the musical is a reminder that a controversial message inserted in with a slew of classic songs can send out a powerful message.

BWW Review:  Weathervane Playhouse Polishes Up One of Schwartz's Forgotten Gems, CHILDREN OF EDENBWW Review: Weathervane Playhouse Polishes Up One of Schwartz's Forgotten Gems, CHILDREN OF EDEN
June 4, 2017

If you pull out the magnifying glass and really search the fine print, you will find listed CHILDREN OF EDEN, the opening production of the Weathervane Playhouse's summer season. The two-and-a half-hour, two-act musical opened June 1 and runs through June 10 at the Playhouse (100 Price Street in Newark).

BWW Reviews: Short North Stage's SPAMALOT Captures Lunacy of Monty PythonBWW Reviews: Short North Stage's SPAMALOT Captures Lunacy of Monty Python
March 27, 2017

Monty Python is the kind of like the sushi of the entertainment world. At first glance, people either devour it and love it or they poke at it with a fork and think "What in God's name is that?"

BWW Review: STOMP Leaves a Hard to Fill Footprint in a Special Performance Art ShowBWW Review: STOMP Leaves a Hard to Fill Footprint in a Special Performance Art Show
March 13, 2017

The dozen percussionists and performers prove that one's garbage can be another person's instrument.

BWW Review: Big High Five to Twisted HAND TO GODBWW Review: Big High Five to Twisted HAND TO GOD
February 6, 2017

Prior to working in the Short North Stage's production of HAND TO GOD, Danny Turek had very little experience in the world of puppetry. After opening the show on Feb. 2, Turek and his alter ego 'Tyrone' appear to be inseparable.

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA May Induce 70s FlashbacksBWW Review: MAMMA MIA May Induce 70s Flashbacks
December 27, 2016

As a diehard rock and roll fan of groups like the Rolling Stones and the Who, I have been harboring a deep, dark secret. The second album I bought growing up was ABBA's Gold. The quartet, which was Sweden's second largest export next to Volvo, had a knack for producing hum-worthy harmonies and catchy choruses that stick in your subconscious for months and months to come.

BWW Review: CHRISTMAS IN COLUMBUS Tries to Raise the Cheer-o-MeterBWW Review: CHRISTMAS IN COLUMBUS Tries to Raise the Cheer-o-Meter
December 11, 2016

Full disclosure here: It's probably not the wisest advice to trust a review of Christmas show from someone who records HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and leaves off the last five minutes so the Whos down on Whoville don't get their toys back.

BWW Review: Gallery Players' 13: THE MUSICAL Brings Back All Painful Awkwardness of Middle SchoolBWW Review: Gallery Players' 13: THE MUSICAL Brings Back All Painful Awkwardness of Middle School
December 5, 2016

Ahhh, the joys of middle school: three years of bad skin, Mrs. Goldsmith's English class, bullies, popularity contests, and enough deep, emotional scars to fill therapists' offices for years to come. The Gallery Players production of 13: THE MUSICAL, the witty and at times painfully accurate depiction of that delightful time right before high school, is dead on the money.

BWW Review: Audience Not Left Hanging in Short North Stage's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMANBWW Review: Audience Not Left Hanging in Short North Stage's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
November 7, 2016

Spiders and Broadway musicals don't always work well with each other. Witness the mixed fortunes of SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE NIGHT. However, Short North Stage's epic production of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN: THE MUSICAL is one of the "can't miss" musicals in the Columbus' fall season.

BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY Provides Fresh Look to Iconic Television ShowBWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY Provides Fresh Look to Iconic Television Show
September 26, 2016

It can be a monstrous challenge to produce a musical based on an iconic television show. Most of the audience comes in with its own set of preconceived expectations of what certain characters should sound, dress and look like.

BWW Review: Short North Stage Swings for FENCES and DeliversBWW Review: Short North Stage Swings for FENCES and Delivers
September 9, 2016

The Short North Stage production crews built another extraordinary set for its production of August Wilson's FENCES - a ramshackle brick house proudly kept by Troy (Mujahid Abdul-Rashid) and Rose Maxson (Rita Gregory) in somewhere, Middle America. But it was a simple prop, a cloth baseball suspended by a nylon rope off an artificial tree that provided the perfect analogy for the performance.

BWW Review: Something WICKED This Way ComesBWW Review: Something WICKED This Way Comes
August 19, 2016

It's hard to imagine this but the musical WICKED is now a teenager. The Stephen Schwartz musical, based on the story of the Wizard of Oz as told from the Wicked Witch of the West's prospective, debuted on Broadway in 2003 and captured theatre goers' rapture and attention.

BWW Review: Theatre Contest a GIFT to ColumbusBWW Review: Theatre Contest a GIFT to Columbus
August 8, 2016

In two years, the Grace InFused Theatre Festival went from the drawing table to a full day event at the Columbus Performing Arts Center on Aug. 6. The festival, which promotes gospel-based productions, drew close to 100 people to a six-hour presentation that featured the world-premiere of STAINED GLASS, a table reading of PRODIGAL BROTHERS, two monologues by Howi Tiller and the music of Joe Hendrickson.



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