The Yeller Brick Trail
This light-hearted story follows the fanciful, often ridiculous adventures of two naïve, unseasoned, stumbling, yet likeable entertainers, the Smenelli brothers. Though raised in a remote village in the wildest state in the union, Tony and Joe Smenelli have dreamed since childhood of becoming showbiz stars.
In their attempts to break into the big-time, they often come face to face with celebrities of stage and screen. Their inexperience, haste and innate clumsiness, however, prevent their gaining kinder recognition. In this regard, The Yeller Brick Trail might be subtitled Heaven Knows the Struggling Bit-Player. But as the main title implies, (with enough Hootspa) fortune and possibilities beyond imagination await the worthy venturer.
The Smenelli brothers are destined to represent the legions of lost, straw-legged, nervous, tin-headed hopefuls, including all of us who’ve ever followed a vision within ourselves and tried to go over the rainbow. Yet, once you’ve known their roots, shared in their struggles, and examined their hearts, I believe you’ll begin encouraging them along with their mom ---- “Break your legs, sons,” which is to say, “Give them all you got.” “They’ll love ya for it . . . regardless of all your shortcomings.” “We’ll do just that, Ma.” “And God bless everyone back home . . . including ole sour puss Pa.”