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.


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


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 Review: CHRISTMAS IN COLUMBUS Tries to Raise the Cheer-o-Meter
December 11, 2016

Full disclosure here: It's probably not the wisest advice to trust a review of Christmas show from someone who records HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and leaves off the last five minutes so the Whos down on Whoville don't get their toys back.

BWW Review: Gallery Players' 13: THE MUSICAL Brings Back All Painful Awkwardness of Middle School
December 5, 2016

Ahhh, the joys of middle school: three years of bad skin, Mrs. Goldsmith's English class, bullies, popularity contests, and enough deep, emotional scars to fill therapists' offices for years to come. The Gallery Players production of 13: THE MUSICAL, the witty and at times painfully accurate depiction of that delightful time right before high school, is dead on the money.

BWW Review: Audience Not Left Hanging in Short North Stage's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
November 7, 2016

Spiders and Broadway musicals don't always work well with each other. Witness the mixed fortunes of SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE NIGHT. However, Short North Stage's epic production of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN: THE MUSICAL is one of the "can't miss" musicals in the Columbus' fall season.

BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY Provides Fresh Look to Iconic Television Show
September 26, 2016

It can be a monstrous challenge to produce a musical based on an iconic television show. Most of the audience comes in with its own set of preconceived expectations of what certain characters should sound, dress and look like.

BWW Review: Short North Stage Swings for FENCES and Delivers
September 9, 2016

The Short North Stage production crews built another extraordinary set for its production of August Wilson's FENCES - a ramshackle brick house proudly kept by Troy (Mujahid Abdul-Rashid) and Rose Maxson (Rita Gregory) in somewhere, Middle America. But it was a simple prop, a cloth baseball suspended by a nylon rope off an artificial tree that provided the perfect analogy for the performance.

BWW Review: Something WICKED This Way Comes
August 19, 2016

It's hard to imagine this but the musical WICKED is now a teenager. The Stephen Schwartz musical, based on the story of the Wizard of Oz as told from the Wicked Witch of the West's prospective, debuted on Broadway in 2003 and captured theatre goers' rapture and attention.

BWW Review: Theatre Contest a GIFT to Columbus
August 8, 2016

In two years, the Grace InFused Theatre Festival went from the drawing table to a full day event at the Columbus Performing Arts Center on Aug. 6. The festival, which promotes gospel-based productions, drew close to 100 people to a six-hour presentation that featured the world-premiere of STAINED GLASS, a table reading of PRODIGAL BROTHERS, two monologues by Howi Tiller and the music of Joe Hendrickson.

BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE perfect capper for Weathervane's summer season
August 5, 2016

Behind every competition, no matter how noble or earnest its aims might be, are a group of ruthless, cut-throat competitors trying to win. THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is no different. Watching the six 'competitors' go after the county's coveted spelling trophy provides the perfect closer to the summer schedule for the Weathervane Playhouse.

BWW Preview: Gospel-based Theatre Festival Features National Plays and Playwrights
July 26, 2016

The 2016 Grace InFused Theatre Festival will be held in downtown Columbus, Ohio, at the Columbus Performing Arts Center (549 Franklin Avenue) on Saturday, Aug. 6, starting at 4:30pm. The festival will feature new plays and performances from esteemed playwrights from across the country.

BWW Review: Short North Stage Puts New Spin on Old Favorite, THE FANTASTICKS
July 22, 2016

In his Playbill notes for THE FANTASTICKS, Short North Stage director Jonathan Flom makes an unusual assumption of his audience. Flom writes: 'I think that the vast majority of avid theatergoers upwards of age 30 have some relationship with THE FANTASTICKS.'

BWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Shows Wilson's Legacy as a Playwright
June 6, 2016

Not all theatre is designed to be an escape, a refuge from our ordinary lives. Every once-in-a-while a piece comes along that not only entertains us but makes us think. When those two elements come together, you've really got something special.

BWW Review: Weathervane's JEKYLL & HYDE Bloody, Brilliant
June 6, 2016

'I learned to recognize the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.'

BWW Review: HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL a Big Hit With the Film's Fans
May 14, 2016

If it were a high school student, HEATHERS would've been voted 'Least Likely To Become A MUSICAL.' Released in 1988, the dark comedy about an outsider's plot of murderous revenge against the popular kids' clique almost seems like a backlash to the sunnier view of high school life like THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985), PRETTY IN PINK (1986) and FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (1986).

BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Leaves Lasting Impression
May 7, 2016

In the third song, 'See I'm Smiling,' of the musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Catherine Hiatt (played by Melissa Hall) sings to her husband, 'I think you're really gonna like this show. I'm pretty sure it doesn't suck.'

BWW Review: Raunchy, Yet Hilarious BOOK OF MORMON Hits All its Targets
April 22, 2016

After seeing a villager shot in the face during a missionary trip to Uganda, Elder Price comes to a stunning revelation in the hilarious musical BOOK OF MORMON: 'Africa is nothing like THE LION KING.'

BWW Reviews: Folds Spreads the Spotlight Around in Concert with CSO
April 11, 2016

As a principal percussionist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Philip Shipley is used to watching concerts from behind the oboes and the woodwinds. At the CSO's concert with Ben Folds on April 9, Shipley got distinctly different point of view.

BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Provides Perfect Curtain Call for Stefano
April 9, 2016

It has been 18 years between John Stefano's performances as John Adams in 1776 and his return on April 7 as Tevye in Otterbein University's production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. The chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, who is retiring after 24 years at Otterbein, never lost a beat.

BWW Review: Short North Stage's THE FULL MONTY Delivers the Goods
April 2, 2016

THE FULL MONTY: THE MUSICAL has some pretty unlikely ingredients for musical comedy: divorce, unemployment, degradation, custody battles, suicide, alienation and Buffalo, New York in the economically depressed 2000. Yet somehow, Short North Stage director Edward Carignan makes all those ingredients work while bringing Terrence McNally's script and David Yazbeck's lyrics to life.

BWW Interview: CAPA Unveils its Five Shows for the 2016-17 Season
March 31, 2016

Rebecca LaChance surprised the 800 attendees of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts preview on March 30 at the Southern Theatre. LaChance, who performed 'Beautiful' and '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,' is expected to play the title role in BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL when the national tour has a six-day stopover in June, 2017 in Columbus.

BWW Interview: Folds Ready to Rock With the CSO
March 21, 2016

When he was starting out as the front man for the rock trio The Ben Folds Five, Ben Folds admits he never pictured the day when he would perform his concert staple 'Rock This B*tch' with a symphony behind him.