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: Hotel California's Concert with Columbus Symphony A Little Too Peaceful, A Little Too EasyBWW reviews: Hotel California's Concert with Columbus Symphony A Little Too Peaceful, A Little Too Easy
Posted: Feb. 27, 2019


BWW Reviews: Larson Left His Mark with RENTBWW Reviews: Larson Left His Mark with RENT
Posted: Mar. 21, 2019


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BWW Reviews: Weathervane Continues A Summer of Dance with 42nd STREETBWW Reviews: Weathervane Continues A Summer of Dance with 42nd STREET
Posted: Jul. 11, 2018


BWW Reviews: Page, Stace Prove Cynicism Can Be Funny in Newark StopBWW Reviews: Page, Stace Prove Cynicism Can Be Funny in Newark Stop
Posted: Oct. 15, 2018


BWW reviews: Hotel California's Concert with Columbus Symphony A Little Too Peaceful, A Little Too EasyBWW reviews: Hotel California's Concert with Columbus Symphony A Little Too Peaceful, A Little Too Easy
Posted: Feb. 27, 2019


BWW Reviews: PIPPIN helps Weathervane find its corner in the skyBWW Reviews: PIPPIN helps Weathervane find its corner in the sky
Posted: Aug. 7, 2018


BWW Reviews: Tyrone leads the charge in HAND OF GOD's return to Short North StageBWW Reviews: Tyrone leads the charge in HAND OF GOD's return to Short North Stage
Posted: Feb. 10, 2019


BWW Reviews: Weathervane's GYPSY a Dark Fable with an Excellent CastBWW Reviews: Weathervane's GYPSY a Dark Fable with an Excellent Cast
Posted: Dec. 26, 2018


BWW Reviews: Larson Left His Mark with RENT
March 21, 2019

It's with a touch of sadness that RENT celebrates its 20th anniversary of its first national tour. The national tour company of the Jonathan Larson musical about artists trying to make it big in New York City rolled into Columbus for an eight-show stay March 19-24 at the Palace Theatre (34 West Broad St. in downtown Columbus).

BWW reviews: Hotel California's Concert with Columbus Symphony A Little Too Peaceful, A Little Too Easy
February 27, 2019

A friend once joked the Eagles were 'the official band of old WASP men everywhere.' To test the person's theory, another woman asked her husband, himself old, fat and balding, 'Honey, you like the Eagles, don't you?' The man, who missed out the set up of this conversation, exclaimed 'I looooove the Eagles.'

BWW Reviews: Tyrone leads the charge in HAND OF GOD's return to Short North Stage
February 10, 2019


BWW Reviews: HAMILTON Lives Up to the Hype and Then Some
February 1, 2019

Once in every decade or so, a musical is created that redefines the genre. Lin-Manuel Miranda's HAMILTON joins that elite Parthenon of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISERABLE and RENT. The two-act musical rolled into the Ohio Theatre (39 East State Street in downtown Columbus) on Jan. 29 pulling a 400-boxcar train of hype it couldn't possibly live up to.

BWW Reviews: Weathervane's GYPSY a Dark Fable with an Excellent Cast
December 26, 2018

The secondary headline to the Weathervane Production's GYPSY reads 'A Musical Fable.' The two-act, two-hour performance about the rise of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee is more of a precautionary tale for stage mothers and child actresses everywhere.

BWW Reviews: Tuneful songs, artistic choreography in the DNA of SNS' MAMMA MIA
December 12, 2018

Near the front of the Playbill for the Short North Stage's production of MAMMA MIA is a list of all the sponsors for the musical based on a collection of ABBA songs. Sadly, 23 & Me is not among them.

BWW Reviews: SNS offers the timely, yet timeless, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
November 5, 2018

In its latest offering, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, the Short North Stage presents a musical that is a fine cocktail of flamboyance and subtlety and leaves its audience with a powerful, timely message without overtly stating it.

BWW Reviews: ALADDIN Gives The Audience Everything They Were Wishing For
October 29, 2018

Michael James Scott must have known he had some enormous golden slippers to fill when he took over the role of the Genie in the national touring version of DISNEY'S ALADDIN, which will be in Columbus from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4. Not only will Scott be judged against the performance of the late Robin Williams, who masterfully played Genie in the movies, ALADDIN (1992) and ALADDIN AND THE KING OF THIEVES (1996), but he also had to emerge from the big blue shadows of James Monroe Iglehart who won a Tony Award for best performance by a featured actor in the Broadway musical in 2014.

BWW Reviews: HORROR SHOW Offers Both tricks and Treats for SNS audiences
October 15, 2018

If you grew up in Columbus in the 80s, the movie THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at the Graceland Theatre was a teenage rite of passage, much like White Castle runs, midnight rounds of Putt-Putt and Little Kings Cream Ale.

BWW Reviews: Page, Stace Prove Cynicism Can Be Funny in Newark Stop
October 15, 2018

Folk singer/pop singer songwriter Wesley Stace couldn't help feeling nostalgic about sharing the stage with the Steven Page trio Oct. 12 at the Thirty-One West (located at 31 Church Street in downtown Newark, Ohio).

BWW Reviews: SNS' TOXIC AVENGER Earns a Glowing Review
August 27, 2018

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

In his review of the debut of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG in 1981, New York Times critic Frank Rich wrote, 'As we all should have probably learned by now, to be a Stephen Sondheim fan is to have one's heart broken at regular intervals.'

BWW Reviews: Weathervane Continues A Summer of Dance with 42nd STREET
July 11, 2018

When Kevin Connell started to put together the Weathervane Playhouse's slate of shows for the summer, the managing artistic director for the Newark theatre wanted to put an emphasis on dance for the Playhouse's 50th anniversary season.

BWW Reviews: Perceptions of Art Duel in Weathervane's I HATE HAMLET
June 25, 2018

As any English teacher can tell you, not everyone loves Shakespeare. For some it's like eating Brussels sprouts; it's something you know you should do but you aren't certain why and you certainly don't enjoy the process.

BWW Review: SNS Puts a Unique Stamp on Sondheim's ASSASSINS
June 3, 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

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 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.



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