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.
Lisa Glover, Johnathon L. Jackson, Steven Michael Mooney, Sheri Sanders and Jesse Daniel Trieger could probably fit in a Honda Civic and need only one large pizza for the cast party. Yet their performances, with many of the actors taking on an exhausting list of roles, make TOXIC AVENGER seem like a much larger presentation.BWW Reviews: PIPPIN helps Weathervane find its corner in the sky August 7, 2018
Perhaps the Weathervane Playhouse couldn't have found a better way to close out its 50th anniversary season than finishing the summer session with PIPPIN. Written by Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, CHILDREN OF EDEN and GODSPELL), the two-act, two-and-a-half-hour musical tells the story of Pippin (Kenneth Remaklus), a prince who longs to find meaning in his life.BWW Reviews: Weathervane's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG dissects the death of friendships July 23, 2018
There's enormous pressure in reviewing the Short North Stage's most recent production, ASSASSINS. Imagine looking out onto the stage where John Wilkes Booth brandishes a pistol at the audience only a few feet away while the balladeer (Patrick Beasley) sings, 'Some say it was your voice had gone, some say it was the booze. Some say you killed a country, John, because of bad reviews' in the song 'The Ballad of Booth.'BWW 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 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 HAIR April 9, 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' 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 Art March 9, 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 9BWW Review: SRO's TITANIC: THE MUSICAL Avoids Icebergs February 19, 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 Columbus January 8, 2018
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 misBWW Reviews: Weathervane draws BLOOD with fall performance October 23, 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?