James Van Treuren (Emile de Becque) & Betsy Dilellio (Nellie Forbush)

Photos by Chase Heilman

James Van Treuren gets the show’s meatiest vocals as the middle-aged Frenchman with a checkered past, Emile de Becque. He brings a polished sound to the lush, seductive "Some Enchanted Evening" and plenty of power to "This Nearly Was Mine."  

—Ronni Reich/The Star Ledger


North Carolina Theatre


James Van Treuren takes on the difficult role of plantation owner Emile de Becque, giving him dignity but also a gentle vulnerability, his singing voice capable of quiet emotion and stentorian strength.

—The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC

James Van Treuren and Kate Baldwin give passionate performances as Emile de Becque and Nellie Forbush. Their poignant reenactment of this world-famous September-May romance tugs at the audience’s heartstrings, and their superlative acting and singing set an extremely high standard. Baldwin and especially Van Treuren put their own special polish on the gems from his extraordinarily rich Roger and Hammerstein score.

—CVNC Radio  

Kate Baldwin  (Nellie Forbush) & James Van Treuren (Emile de Becque)
Kate Baldwin (Nellie Forbush) & James Van Treuren (Emile de Becque)