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: 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: HAMILTON Lives Up to the Hype and Then SomeBWW Reviews: HAMILTON Lives Up to the Hype and Then Some
Posted: Feb. 1, 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: 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: Columbus Concert Offers a Homecoming of 
Sorts for Jukes' KazeeBWW REVIEWS: Columbus Concert Offers a Homecoming of Sorts for Jukes' Kazee
Posted: Mar. 12, 2018


BWW Review: SNS Puts a Unique Stamp on Sondheim's ASSASSINSBWW Review: SNS Puts a Unique Stamp on Sondheim's ASSASSINS
Posted: Jun. 3, 2018


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
Posted: Apr. 9, 2018


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 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 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 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 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 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' 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.



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