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 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

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 Interviews: Timing is Perfect for Otterbein's INTO THE WOODS
April 3, 2015

Kevin Thiel doesn't see any particular challenge in performing Otterbein University's INTO THE WOODS four months after Hollywood released the musical as a feature film.

BWW Reviews: Jukebox Musical MAMMA MIA Stands the Test of Time
March 5, 2015

Growing up Father's Day must have been very confusing for Sophie Sheridan, the lead character for MAMMA MIA. The product of a brief love affair, Sophie never knew who her real father was. So on the weeks before her wedding, she sends out invitations to the three chief suspects in hopes of finding out how her real dad is.

BWW Interviews: Grace InFused Theatre Seeking Works With a Gospel Focus
February 5, 2015

Jack Gilbert would have definitely been honored and perhaps a trifle embarrassed that the first-place trophy for the inaugural Grace InFused Theatre Festival bears his name.

BWW Interviews: Flores Finds Common Thread with ANYTHING GOES Character
January 28, 2015

The more he plays Luke, the Chinese convert and reformed gambler in the musical ANYTHING GOES, the more Roy Flores discovers how much he and his character have in common.

BWW Reviews: Short North Stage Shoots, Scores With THE GREAT ONE
January 22, 2015

The audience for the Jan. 21 premiere of THE GREAT ONE looked decidedly different than most of the opening night spectators at the Short North Stage. About 40 percent of the viewers for the one-act musical, written by Scott Hunt and J.J. Tiemeyer, came to the downtown theater donning hockey sweaters and sweatshirts and even broke into a chant of 'Let's Go Jackets' before the beginning of the play.

BWW Reviews: Weathervane Unafraid to Take Chances With JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
December 20, 2014

In the days leading up to the Weathervane Playhouse's production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Layne Roate approached director Adam Karsten with an idea.

BWW Interviews: Sayle Finds New Life as Crutchie in NEWSIES
December 17, 2014

A couple of years after the first phase of his acting career ended, Zachary Sayle feels like he's starting over with the national tour of NEWSIES.

BWW Reviews: FUGITIVE SONGS is a Show to Run to and Not Run Away From
November 14, 2014

Perhaps Bruce Springsteen was right. Every one of us, at one time or another, is born to run.

BWW interviews: Tysen Hopes to Score a Runaway Hit With FUGITIVE SONGS
November 7, 2014

After several projects fell through, lyricist Nathan Tysen and composer Chris Miller were left with a handful of songs they just couldn't give up on.

BWW Reviews: Lyle Lovett Leaves New Albany Audience With More Than Tricks
November 3, 2014

Perhaps there is no better time to see Lyle Lovett than on Halloween Night. Performing Oct. 31 at New Albany's McCoy Center for the Performing Arts, Lovett changed styles and genres like he was shedding costumes. He flitted from country to jazz to blues to rock, delighting the nearly sold out crowd.

BWW Reviews: Solid Cast, Uneven Script Gives MIDDLETOWN a Disconnected Feel
October 28, 2014

Otterbein University's theater department has never been known to play it safe when it comes to selecting plays. The department, which brought such works as AFTER THE FALL, SPRING AWAKENINGS and FULL MONTY to the stage in recent years, continues to stretch its audience with its most recent production MIDDLETOWN.

BWW Reviews: LION KING Gets Off to a Roaring Start in Columbus
October 17, 2014

Not all memories of THE LION KING are good ones.

BWW Interviews: Wade Returns to Columbus as a Queen in LION KING
October 7, 2014

Tis good to be the queen. Few people know that more than Tryphena Wade, a 1999 Pickerington High School graduate who plays Sarabi in a touring production of Disney's THE LION KING. The production opens in Columbus on Oct. 14 and will stay in the city until Nov. 9 at Ohio Theatre.

BWW Reviews: SUNSET BOULEVARD Casts a Beautiful Shadow Over Short North Stage's Season Opener
October 6, 2014

If 'Every Movie's a Circus,' as a song midway through the first act proclaims, the Short North Stage's season opening production of SUNSET BOULEVARD must be a very grand carnival. The theater group pulls out all the stops as far as color schemes and movie clips go but it is rock solid performances of stars Gina Handy and Chris Shea that brings the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical to life.

BWW Reviews: Tinder Hits All the Right Notes in Otterbein's SWEET CHARITY
September 30, 2014

In the delightful Otterbein University production of SWEET CHARITY, Charity Hope Valentine (brilliantly portrayed by Madison Tinder) has worn her heart on her shelves so many times that she has it tattooed on her arm. The heart-shaped tattoo could be an analogy of the dancehall hostess' love life. It bears the name of a man she planned to move in with, only he dumped her (literally) and left her to drown in a lake at the park after stealing her purse.

BWW Interviews: Handy Takes 'Big' Role to a Small Stage in SUNSET BOULEVARD
September 29, 2014

BWW Reviews: Large Crowds Welcome Back TWENTY-ONE PILOTS
September 10, 2014

Tyler Joseph spent one summer checking IDs at the Lifestyles Community Pavilion. Obviously, the Twenty-One Pilots front man took a lot of notes on what it takes to put on a great concert. The Columbus-based duo of Joseph and drummer Josh Dun sold out back-to-back nights Sept. 4 and 5 at the LC and left both of the 5,000-plus crowds happy, sweaty and exhausted.

BWW Reviews: Dirty Little Secrets Are at the Heart of MURDER BALLAD
August 8, 2014

Every one has "kegs" in their garage -- those dirty little secrets they like to sweep in corners and skeletons they try to keep hidden in our overstuffed closets. The cast of MURDER BALLAD has more than a keg filled with secrets; it has a full bar.

BWW Reviews: Musical Version of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Worth the Wait
July 28, 2014

Few moviegoers were thinking about the musical potential of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS when it was released as a movie in 1988. However, the movie producers were.

BWW Interviews: MURDER BALLAD Presents Up Close Killing
July 28, 2014

MURDER BALLAD offers its four actors little room to hide when the show makes its Midwest debut Aug. 7-16 at the Short North Stage's Green Room in downtown Columbus.