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.
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
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
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
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
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