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 Reviews: SEINFELD New Man in Standup Tour
February 28, 2014

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is famous for creating SEINFELD, a show about nothing. As a standup comedian, Seinfeld proved he can make just about anything funny. Performing before a packed Ohio Theatre crowd Feb. 27 in Columbus, Seinfeld proved his point during the opening 10-minute diatribe about what it probably took most of the audience to get tickets for the show.

BWW Reviews: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Anything But a Drag
February 20, 2014

Having future in-laws meet can often be a pretty awkward experience, especially when the two sets of parents reside on opposite sides of the political fence. Few meetings could be more awkward than the ones in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, a two-act musical being presented by Imagine Productions at Wall Street Nightclub in downtown Columbus.

BWW Interviews: Becoming John Lennon a Real Challenge for McNeil
February 17, 2014

Every time he looks at his niece Angela, Ron McNeil remembers John Lennon. McNeil's niece was born Dec. 9, 1980, a day after Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment in New York City.

BWW Interviews: Balgord Enjoys Taking on Another One of the Webber Women
February 7, 2014

Back as part of a national tour for the first time in 17 years, Linda Balgord finds herself in familiar, but new territory. Balgord plays Madame Giry in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, marking the fifth different character she's played in an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

BWW Reviews: CATCO is Kids' THE CAT IN THE HAT Brings Dr. Seuss' Book to Life
January 16, 2014

The opening pages of Dr. Seuss' THE CAT IN THE HAT give a perfect description of a dismal January day in Columbus. CATCO is Kids production of THE CAT IN THE HAT at Studio One Theatre in the Vern Riffe Center might be the perfect cure for families suffering from cabin fever of the city's muck and mire season.

BWW Interview: Otis Williams Keeps The Temptations' Name Alive
January 16, 2014

Surviving. A rock band and a television show may have named themselves after the concept and Gloria Gaynor may have sung about it. For the last 50 years, Otis Williams and the Temptations have lived it out.


BWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU Not Too Deep But Lots of Fun
January 9, 2014

The notoriously harsh London critics predicted a very short lifespan for WE WILL ROCK YOU, a musical centered on the rock band Queen's hits, when it opened May 14, 2002 at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End. The Guardian felt the production came across as 'ruthlessly packaged and manufactured,' with its plot finding 'more unlikely ways to wring out another Queen song' into the two and a half hour performance.

BWW REVIEWS: Weathervane's Take on LES MISERABLES Delightfully Different
December 30, 2013

One of the great things about the theater is that art is constantly changing, constantly evolving. If it isn't, even the best of shows become stale, bland and, God forbid, boring.

BWW Interviews: Queen's Musical Has Had a Profound Effect on Peck
December 26, 2013

Erica Peck was about five years old when Freddie Mercury died but the flamboyant lead singer for Queen has made a major impact on the Canadian singer's life.

BWW Reviews: 3 IN 30: WHITE ELEPHANT Offers Plays for Audiences with Short Attention Spans
December 16, 2013

When asked how long a novel should be, Ernest Hemmingway said he could tell a complete story in just six words. When the person doubted it, Hemmingway wrote 'For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Worn.'

BWW Interviews: 3 IN 30: WHITE ELEPHANT to Deliver Three Overlooked Plays
December 9, 2013

The 3 IN 30: WHITE ELEPHANT showcase, which will be performed 10:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, at the MadLab Theatre, could easily be called the 'leftoverture.' The showcase, which features three 10 minute plays by area playwrights, presents works that just missed the cut of previous 3 in 30 productions.

BWW Reviews: SPEED-THE-PLOW Gains Momentum and Refuses to Slow Down
November 4, 2013

Rarely has a curtain call so nicely traced the arc of a play as Otterbein University's production of SPEED-THE-PLOW did last Friday at the Campus Center Theatre. At the conclusion of the three-act play, each one of the actors Tori Hidalgo (Karen), Sam Ray (Charlie Fox) and Sean Murphy (Bobby Gould) try to sit in the comfortable leather chair behind the boss' desk only to be shooed away by another.

BWW Reviews: ASSASSINS Hit Their Mark
November 1, 2013

The Red Herring Productions' choice to stage Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS at the Riffe Center Studio One Theater couldn't have been more ironic. Less than a gunshot away from a stoic statue of William McKinley, Leon Czolgosz (played by Jay Rittberger) will assassinate McKinley for seven times between Oct. 31 and Nov. 9 and earn applause for it.

BWW Interviews: The Original Cast of JERSEY BOYS Reconnects with Audiences, Music as Midtown Men
October 31, 2013

Christian Hoff has a record amount of voices inside his head. He holds a Guinness World's Record for 'Most Character Voices in an Audio Book' doing 241 separate voices in Tell Me How You Love the Picture, based on the career of movie producer Ed Feldman.

BWW Interviews: SPEED-THE-PLOW Hopes to Deliver at a Rapid-Fire Pace
October 25, 2013

When Otterbein University sophomore Tori Hidalgo signed on to do the David Mamet play, SPEED-THE-PLOW, she thought it was a great chance to play Karen, a naive secretary that becomes the object of a bet between Bobby Gould (played by senior Sean Murphy) and Charlie Fox (senior Sam Ray).

BWW Reviews: Hancock and Company Provide a Vast Array of Jazz at New Albany
October 10, 2013

With a white keytar strapped around his neck, Herbie Hancock provided one of the most musically iconic moments in the 1980s. His video for the instrumental 'Rockit' came in 10th on the VH1's '100 Greatest Videos of All Time.'

BWW Reviews: Otterbein's Massive Undertaking of LES MISERABLES Pays Off
October 6, 2013

Fans of the show LES MISERABLES have had a smorgasbord of productions to choose from in central Ohio this year. After Cameron Mackintosh LTD released the rights to the musical to coincide with the release of the movie, several high schools and community theaters have taken on the massive task of presenting the musical.

BWW Interview: Huffman and Clifton Explore Opposites of Villainy in Otterbein's LES MISERABLES
October 1, 2013

Alex Huffman and Hayden Clifton both play roles that could be considered the bad guys in Otterbein University's production of LES MISERABLES.

BWW Reviews: STATE OF CONTROL Leaves Audience Laughing and Thinking
September 30, 2013

Stan is not the type of person who goes to prison. With his conservative suits, ties and lifestyle, the tightly wound accountant is content to work his way to the top by doing the right thing in the dark comedy STATE OF CONTROL.



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