A grand total of 15 new productions are competing for the attention of Tony Awards voters as the Best Play of the 2011-2012 season.
Of the plays that debuted during the fall, the good-to-great reviews were obtained by "The Mountaintop" (with Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett), "Chinglish" (with Jennifer Lim and Gary Wilmes), "Seminar" (with Alan Rickman and Lily Rabe), "Venus in Fur" (with Hugh Dancy and Nina Arianda), and "Stick Fly" (with Dule Hill and Rosie Benton). Woody Allen, Ethan Coen, and Elaine May each contributed single acts to "Relatively Speaking." The best notices of the fall plays were for "Other Desert Cities" (with Stockard Channing, Rachel Griffiths, and Stacy Keach).
For the 2012 portion of the schedule, the most anticipated play is Bruce Norris' recent Pulitzer prize winner "Clybourne Park" (with Frank Wood, Annie Parisse, and Crystal A. Dickinson). Other debuts include "Shatner's World: We Just Live In It" (with William Shatner), "End of the Rainbow" (with Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland), "Magic/Bird" (with Kevin Daniels and Tug Coker), "One Man, Two Guvnors" (with James Corden), "Peter and the Starcatcher" (with Christian Borle and Celia Keenan-Bolger), "The Columnist" (with John Lithgow), "Don't Dress for Dinner" (with Adam James), and "The Lyons" (with Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa).