Paul Batterson

Paul Batterson

Since 2013, Paul Batterson has had a secret life: being a volunteer writer for BroadwayWorld. During this time, he has had the pleasure to see some of the best plays, musicals, and concerts, interview some of his personal heroes (Joe Walsh, Steven Page, and Ben Folds) and industry leaders (Andrew Lippa and Nathan Tysen) and watching Columbus theatre scene grow and grow. Batterson graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism and from Capital University with a teaching license. He has been married to his lovely wife Nancy for over three decades and has two grown children in Alicia Millerson, an actress in Denver, and Grant Batterson, who is heading to grad school in England.




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First Show:

Marmalade Gumdrops

Favorite Show:

I think EVITA is one of my favorite shows. It is great story telling about an event I knew nothing about and it changed my thinking of what a Broadway show could be.

Favorite Stories:

  • Henry Winkler - As a child growing up in the 70s, a person couldn't get any cooler than the Fonz. Getting a chance to meet Henry Winkler and hear tell the stories of his life journey was amazing.
  • Waiting in line half the adventure for Walsh fans - How many times do you get a chance to meet one of your heroes? It was so interesting to spend three or so hours with fans waiting to meet Joe Walsh at a record signing in his home town of Columbus, Ohio.
  • Squeeze’s Difford ready to test road waters in band’s NomadBand tour - Chris Difford pens some of the most poetic, thoughtful lyrics out there. It was interesting to sit down with him (via the miracle of Zoom) and see how he does it.
  • DEAR EVAN, Thanks For Everything. Sincerely, Columbus. - I truly enjoyed DEAR EVAN HANSEN because of the way it took the audience on a journey through despair to hope. It tackles some of the big issues of today (teenage suicide and social media) in a way that didn't sound preachy or like an afterschool special.
  • TOXIC AVENGER Earns a Glowing Review - You have to love a show whose opening line is a warning: The story we're about to tell you is so disturbing, we've stationed a registered nurse outside in the lobby. She is armed with a tranquilizer dart gun for those needing sedation. She also has Xanax and Vicodin she got off the internet."


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Review: EVOLUTIONARIES at Shadowbox Live
Review: EVOLUTIONARIES at Shadowbox Live
June 18, 2024

Under the direction of Julie Klein, the theater troupe weaves together the divergent catalogue of the two icons with a variety of singers and styles, multimedia presentations, and the storytelling of Michelle Daniels.

Review: THE LION KING at Ohio Theatre
Review: THE LION KING at Ohio Theatre
June 16, 2024

While at times THE LION KING seems like a note for note repetition of the movie, what pushes the musical into new territory is the costume design, a stellar group of actors, and of course, an empowering soundtrack.

Review: THE TEMPTATIONS AND THE FOUR TOPS at McCoy Center For The Arts
Review: THE TEMPTATIONS AND THE FOUR TOPS at McCoy Center For The Arts
June 13, 2024

Two questions almost immediately sprang up when people were told that the Temptations and the Four Tops were performing June 11 at the Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts in New Albany. People asked, Those two groups are still around? and How many of the original members are left?

Interview: Otis Williams of THE TEMPTATIONS at The McCoy Center Of The Arts
Interview: Otis Williams of THE TEMPTATIONS at The McCoy Center Of The Arts
June 2, 2024

“Every night, we try to burn their behind and they try to burn ours. That’s what makes it fun. When we are trying to outdo each other, that means we are putting out the show the fans came to see.” --Dr. Otis Williams

Interview: Matt Hahn of EVOLUTIONARIES REVISITED at Shadowbox Live
Interview: Matt Hahn of EVOLUTIONARIES REVISITED at Shadowbox Live
June 1, 2024

“(The suddenness of their deaths) gave me a new respect for how deep both of their legacies are. Sometimes, you don't realize just how valuable someone's contribution to the history of pop music is until they're gone.” Matt Hahn

Review: JOE JACKSON at At Davidson Theatre
Review: JOE JACKSON at At Davidson Theatre
May 27, 2024

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Review: A WALK IN THE WOODS at The Abbey Theater
Review: A WALK IN THE WOODS at The Abbey Theater
May 21, 2024

What did our critic think of A WALK IN THE WOODS at The Abbey Theater? Bishara’s non-nonsense Honeywell verbally spars with Holliday’s frivolous Botvinnik. The Soviet diplomat believes the only way the treaty can work is if the two develop an attitude of friendship and trust. Honeywell believes the two must maintain a sense of formality.

Review: HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL at Garden Theatre
Review: HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL at Garden Theatre
May 13, 2024

HAIR is not your typical linear, point A to point B musical. It roughly ambles through vignettes of the members of a “tribe” of hippies in New York City. And yet, HAIR is as important as it is subversive. Without it, shows such as RENT, ANGELS IN AMERICA, and HAMILTON probably wouldn’t stand a chance to make it to Broadway.

Review: TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at Ohio Theatre
Review: TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at Ohio Theatre
May 8, 2024

This musical would flounder without a dynamic leading woman. In this case, TINA has two – Zurin Villanueva (who performed in the May 7 show) and Ari Groover because of the energy and vocal demands of the role.

Review: JON BATISTE at Southern Theatre
Review: JON BATISTE at Southern Theatre
May 5, 2024

The first night Batiste went from performing solo, to playing with a jazz trio to playing with a 41-piece orchestra in a two-hour span. The following night The former musical director of LATE NIGHT WITH STEPHEN COLBERT unveiled a previously unheard piano concerto commissioned by ProMusica. Either night was a transformational performance.

Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Lincoln Theatre
Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Lincoln Theatre
April 29, 2024

Brilliant acting mixed in with a powder keg of singing, dancing, and orchestration stuns its audience.

Interview: Deon Releford-Lee of TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at Ohio Theatre
Interview: Deon Releford-Lee of TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at Ohio Theatre
April 24, 2024

“People know me as this light, fun person. They have a hard time seeing me play a character like that because it’s so different from (who I am).” Deon Releford-Lee

Review: RIDE THE CYCLONE at The Contemporary Theatre Of Ohio
Review: RIDE THE CYCLONE at The Contemporary Theatre Of Ohio
April 23, 2024

RIDE THE CYCLONE is more like an eccentric Tim Burton film than a John Hughes hug fest. However, the moments of genuine humanity and sentiment keeps the show from going off the rails.

Review: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS at Shadowbox Live
Review: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS at Shadowbox Live
April 20, 2024

The Shadowbox motto is to do to skit comedy what Second City does for improv. To do that, it uses a simple formula: crisp writing and solid acting produce big laughs.

Interview: Lee Blessing And Joe Bishara of A WALK IN THE WOODS at Abbey Theatre Of Dublin
Interview: Lee Blessing And Joe Bishara of A WALK IN THE WOODS at Abbey Theatre Of Dublin
April 18, 2024

“I wish A WALK IN THE WOODS did not feel as timely now as it did when it was originally produced. … This play illuminates the importance for each of us as citizens of the world to understand that there are many layers to foreign politics/relations.” Joe Bishara

Interview: Olivia Noel of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Columbus Children's Theatre
Interview: Olivia Noel of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Columbus Children's Theatre
April 18, 2024

'(It’s) less of a character acting position and more of a ‘How can I make sure I’m conveying her story as authentically as possible while also keeping her ‘Disney personality’ in the mix?'' Olivia Noel

Review: CLUE at Ohio Theatre
Review: CLUE at Ohio Theatre
April 10, 2024

The script is filled with pratfalls, sight gags, puns and “Dad jokes,” but what makes this play work is the backstory and the personality given to each character and each role contributes something to the plot.

Review: Lending an ear to VAN GOGH'S IN THE ATTIC at Abbey Theater In Dublin
Review: Lending an ear to VAN GOGH'S IN THE ATTIC at Abbey Theater In Dublin
April 9, 2024

Cooney’s script is much like a van Gogh painting. Some characters, like Erin, are created with intricate paintbrush strokes; others are fingerpainted in concentric circles.

Interview: Leda Hoffmann of RIDE THE CYCLONE at Riffe Center Studio One
Interview: Leda Hoffmann of RIDE THE CYCLONE at Riffe Center Studio One
April 9, 2024

When she was living in Chicago eight years ago, Leda Hoffmann remembers getting a postcard from the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, encouraging patrons to see RIDE THE CYCLONE.

Interview: Elisabeth Yancey of CLUE at Ohio Theatre
Interview: Elisabeth Yancey of CLUE at Ohio Theatre
April 4, 2024

When Elisabeth Yancey grew up playing the Hasbro game Clue, she didn’t realize she was preparing for her career. Yancey plays the role of Yvette the Maid in the national tour of CLUE, which will have an extended stay from April 9-14 at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State Street in downtown Columbus).



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