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: Imagine steers recent graduates down Avenue QBWW Reviews: Imagine steers recent graduates down Avenue Q
Posted: May. 14, 2018


BWW Reviews: Don't miss the boat on THE KING AND IBWW Reviews: Don't miss the boat on THE KING AND I
Posted: Apr. 26, 2018


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


BWW Reviews: Weathervane draws BLOOD with fall performanceBWW Reviews: Weathervane draws BLOOD with fall performance
Posted: Oct. 23, 2017


BWW Reviews: Each Performer Makes Voice Heard in SNS' DREAMGIRLSBWW Reviews: Each Performer Makes Voice Heard in SNS' DREAMGIRLS
Posted: Oct. 31, 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: SRO's TITANIC: THE MUSICAL Avoids IcebergsBWW Review: SRO's TITANIC: THE MUSICAL Avoids Icebergs
Posted: Feb. 19, 2018


BWW Reviews: Imagine steers recent graduates down Avenue QBWW Reviews: Imagine steers recent graduates down Avenue Q
May 14, 2018

Each year colleges across the country come up with an odd list of commencement speakers, from Kermit the Frog (Southampton University) to Mike Tyson (Central State University), to offer pearls of wit and advice to their college graduates.

BWW Reviews: Don't miss the boat on THE KING AND IBWW Reviews: Don't miss the boat on THE KING AND I
April 26, 2018

Like the steamboat that chugs into the harbor in its opening scene, THE KING AND I keeps arriving right on time, taking a whole new passenger's list of people to an exotic land. Some of the passengers arrive at the boat's port of call, the Ohio Theatre (located on 39 East State Street in downtown Columbus) for the first time; others have made the journey time and time again.

BWW Reviews: A Square Finds A Round Space In Short North Theatre's Production Of HAIRBWW Reviews: A Square Finds A Round Space In Short North Theatre's Production Of HAIR
April 9, 2018

In the movie, 'FIELD OF DREAMS,' Annie Kinsella attacks a conservative member of the school board who wants to ban the writings of Terrance Mann with the line, 'I think if you had just experienced the Sixties ...'

BWW reviews: View from MOUNTAINTOP offers up close and personal look at Martin Luther KingBWW reviews: View from MOUNTAINTOP offers up close and personal look at Martin Luther King
March 26, 2018

Americans seem to find as much pleasure in learning about the flaws of heroes as they do in building them up in the first place. A quick search of the internet will reveal George Washington probably didn't chop down the cherry tree or that Walt Disney may not be the beloved creator people often imagine him to be.

BWW REVIEWS: Columbus Concert Offers a Homecoming of 
Sorts for Jukes' KazeeBWW REVIEWS: Columbus Concert Offers a Homecoming of Sorts for Jukes' Kazee
March 12, 2018

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes closed out the regular set with a blazing rendition of their standard 'I Don't Wanna Go Home' at the band's March 9 appearance at the Southern Theatre (5115 21st E Main St in Downtown Columbus). However, pianist Jeff Kazee appeared to be very glad to return to one of the touchstone places in his career.

BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS a Masterpiece of Motion, Music and ArtBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS a Masterpiece of Motion, Music and Art
March 9, 2018

In most of the national tour musicals that have passed through the Ohio Theatre, dance often seems to be a submissive stepchild to storyline and song. However, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS: A NEW MUSICAL, a reimagining of the music of George and Ira Gershwin, finds the perfect marriage between music and movement.

BWW Interviews: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes still feel like they're getting away with murderBWW Interviews: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes still feel like they're getting away with murder
March 1, 2018

John Lyon, also known as Southside Johnny, will be making a return to one of the milestone cities in his band's career when he and the Asbury Jukes play the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main Street in downtown Columbus) on March 9

BWW Review: SRO's TITANIC: THE MUSICAL Avoids IcebergsBWW Review: SRO's TITANIC: THE MUSICAL Avoids Icebergs
February 19, 2018

As he walked out of the Columbus Performing Arts Center after viewing SRO's production of TITANIC: THE MUSICAL, one of the patrons turned to his friend and joked, 'Wow, I never saw that ending coming.'

BWW Reviews: THE PERFORMERS comes out on top in the endBWW Reviews: THE PERFORMERS comes out on top in the end
February 5, 2018

Somehow, it seems fitting that THE PERFORMERS, the David West Read comedy set in the adult film industry, would make its Columbus debut at the Garden Theatre. Before becoming the home base for the Short North Stage, the theatre did a stint as a burlesque theatre between being movie house and a church.

BWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Returns to ColumbusBWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Returns to Columbus
January 8, 2018

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical about the ghostly guest who resides in Box 5 of the Paris Opera House, makes its return to Columbus after a nearly four year absence and it spends a two sets at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State Street in downtown Columbus).

BWW Interviews: Columbus Native Can't Wait to Take the Stage as Christine when THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Rolls Into ColumbusBWW Interviews: Columbus Native Can't Wait to Take the Stage as Christine when THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Rolls Into Columbus
January 4, 2018

When she first saw THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Jordan Ensign admits the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical didn't just knock her socks off. It stole her clogs as well.

BWW Reviews: Each Performer Makes Voice Heard in SNS' DREAMGIRLSBWW Reviews: Each Performer Makes Voice Heard in SNS' DREAMGIRLS
October 31, 2017

The beautiful thing about the Short North Stage's production of writer Tom Eyen's musical is each member of the show brings something unique and beautiful to the two-act, two-and-a-half hour show. The result is not a cacophony of voices but a soul-stirring mixture of harmony and that Columbus should not mis

BWW Reviews: Weathervane draws BLOOD with fall performanceBWW Reviews: Weathervane draws BLOOD with fall performance
October 23, 2017

The age old debate of nature versus nurture finds itself at the heart of Willy Russell's BLOOD BROTHERS, which runs Oct. 19-29 at the Weathervane Playhouse (100 Price Street in Newark).

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.



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