In Sunday’s (2/16) Baltimore Sun, Tim Smith writes, “The man who first earned fame portraying Lt. Sulu in the 1960s TV series ‘Star Trek’ will serve as narrator/host of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Sci-Fi Spectacular’ this week. It’s a reprise of the program Takei participated in here in 2008, a program featuring colorful music from ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Star Wars’ and more, led by the BSO’s principal pops conductor, Jack Everly. A lot has happened to Takei since that visit six years ago. In 2011, shortly after his first tweet on Twitter and his first post on his Facebook fan page, he became a social media phenomenon—more than 6 million Facebook fans and about 1 million Twitter followers.… In 2012, Takei helped launch a Broadway-bound musical, ‘Allegiance,’ about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. In December, he entered the perfume market with a unisex fragrance—’Eau My.’ … Takei also became the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Jennifer M. Kroot, who chronicled the actor and his husband for three years. The result, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, is titled ‘To Be Takei.’ ”

Posted February 20, 2014