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 Review: SRO's TITANIC: THE MUSICAL Avoids IcebergsBWW Review: SRO's TITANIC: THE MUSICAL Avoids Icebergs
Posted: Feb. 19, 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


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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 Review: Short North Stage's DIE, MOMMIE DIE! is a Must See
February 6, 2016

Actor Doug Joseph has gone from playing Cecil B. DeMille in the Short North Stage's production of SUNSET BOULEVARD to playing the very Norma Desmond-esque Angela Arden in the theatre's production of DIE, MOMMIE DIE!

BWW Review: Unlikely Friendship Found in LOST LAKE
November 16, 2015

From the onset of their relationship in LOST LAKE, Hogan (James Hughes) and Veronica (Chiquita Mullins Lee) only have one thing in common - Hogan's depilated cottage in upstate in New York.

BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Goes a Long Way
October 17, 2015

One of the dangers of hearing a great Broadway melody by itself is it loses its context. Such is the case with SEND IN THE CLOWNS. Everyone has covered the song from Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, from Judy Collins to Frank Sinatra to Krusty the Clown with the later one being my personal favorite.

BWW Review: Imagine's SWEENEY TODD a Perfect Pre-Halloween Musical
October 5, 2015

If there were ever a show that was never destined for dinner theatre, it might be SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET.

BWW Review: Otterbein Delivers Solid Interpretation of RENT
September 28, 2015

There are some shows that a director just doesn't mess with. However, RENT, Jonathan Larson's urban reworking of LA BOHEME, is more pliable than a pizza.

BWW Reviews: Weathervane Cast Transforms for DIAL M FOR MURDER
July 20, 2015

One of the potential drawbacks to summer stock theatre has become one of the Weathervane Playhouse's greatest strengths this summer. Each summer regional theatres bring a cast of college students and put them to work on not just one but a series of shows.

BWW Reviews: Thoroughly Thrilled with Imagine's MILLIE
July 20, 2015

Those who have never seen THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE before should be very careful when they attend Imagine Production's version of the two-act musical. In her directorial debut with Imagine, director/choreographer Rose Babington has together a show that future MILLIE productions will have a hard time topping.

BWW Reviews: THE ALL NIGHT STRUT Resurrects the Sounds of the 30s and 40s
July 13, 2015

Composer George Gershwin had been dead for almost six decades by the time Connor Allston, Lottie Prenevost, J.T. Wood and Morgan Wood were born. Yet the combined power of the voices of that quartet brought back to life the music of Gershwin and his contemporaries in Otterbein University's production of THE ALL NIGHT STRUT.

BWW Reviews: Weathervane Wins THE PAJAMA GAME
July 6, 2015

The Weathervane Playhouse in Newark has taken a shotgun approach to the musicals it is presenting this summer. The theater company opened its summer season with RENT, the edgy rock musical by Jonathan Larson. Then it staged with THE PAJAMA GAME, a light-hearted musical by Richard Alder and Jerry Ross, as its second musical of the season.

BWW Review: Weathervane Not Afraid of Finding Alternate Ways to Pay RENT
June 7, 2015

How do you write a song when the chords sound wrong Though they once sounded right and rare? When the notes are sour Where is the power you once had to ignite the air?

Photo Coverage: BARENAKED LADIES, VIOLENT FEMMES and Colin Hay
June 8, 2015

The Last Summer on Earth tour, featuring the Barenaked Ladies, the Violent Femmes and Colin Hay, the former front man from Men At Work, got off to a soggy start on Friday, June 5 at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus. After strong sets by Hay and the Violent Femmes, the BNL set, featuring several songs from their new album "Silverball," was interrupted by rain. The fans who stuck it out got to see the completion of the 14 song set. The tour will run across North America until late July.

BWW Reviews: THE BARENAKED LADIES' 'Last Summer On Earth' Tour Gets Off To a Soggy Start
June 8, 2015

The Barenaked Ladies, the headlining act of The Last Summer on Earth Tour with Colin Hay and the Violent Femmes, have made a living off irony. The Canadian band of singer Ed Robertson, drummer Tyler Stewart, bassist Jim Creeggan and keyboardist Kevin Hearn churned out quirky hits 'If I Had A Million Dollars,' 'Pinch Me,' and 'One Week.'

BWW Interviews: MEN AT WORK Singer Hopes to Get Back to His Hay Days
June 4, 2015

Few artists would relish the position Colin Hay will find himself in this Friday. Hay, the former front man for Men At Work, will be the opening act in a triple bill that also features the Violent Femmes and headliner the Barenaked Ladies on 'Last Summer on Earth' tour.

BWW Reviews: ROLLING STONES Are More Than 'Only Rock-and-Roll'
June 1, 2015

When I was a teenager, a parenting magazines put out a tongue-in-cheek list of the 'the top most terrifying sentences a parent can hear.' Nearing the top of the list was the one over 60,000 people heard May 30 at Ohio Stadium: 'Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.'

BWW Reviews: Short North Stage's THRILL ME Lives Up To Its Name
May 29, 2015

If Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb are indeed 'Super men' as the two principle characters claim throughout the Short North Stage's production of THRILL ME: THE STORY OF LEOPOLD AND LOEB, the whole world is in trouble.

BWW Reviews: Shadowbox Live Presents Crazy Diamond of Pink Floyd's Music
May 18, 2015

When Ashley Pearce interviewed to become a part of the Shadowbox Live theatre troupe, one of the questions she was asked was what her favorite rock group?

BWW Interviews: Yolanda Kondonassis - Have Harp, Will Travel
May 15, 2015

Yolanda Kondonassis wants to change people's mind about what the harp sounds like when the world renowned harpist performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra on May 15 and 16 at the Southern Theatre (21 East Main Street in downtown Columbus).

BWW Reviews: Otterbein's INTO THE WOODS Offers a Darker Take on Fairy Tales
April 10, 2015

Most fairy tales end with the words 'Happily Ever After.'

BWW Reviews: A CHORUS LINE Shines Spotlight on Those Used to Being in the Background
April 8, 2015

A CHORUS LINE is one of those shows that should be a prerequisite for anyone considering a career in the performing arts.

BWW Interviews: The Gospel According to A CHORUS LINE
April 3, 2015

Every time he takes on a show, director Edward Carignan insists on putting his own spin on the choreography.



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