There were two legit galas Monday, but they shared some of the same entertainment.
Christine Ebersole, the much-lauded star of “Grey Gardens,” performed a tune from the show, “The Revolutionary Costume for Today,” at both the Dramatists Guild’s gala and the American Theater Wing’s.
Patti LuPone sang at both events, too. Because there are only so many in-demand stage divas, n’est-ce pas?
At the Guild event, held at the Hudson Theater at the Millennium Hotel, emcee John Guare presented the Hull-Warriner Award — the only award given to dramatists by dramatists — to Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas for their Tony-winning tuner “The Light in the Piazza.”
Producer-designer Heidi Ettinger and husband Jonathan Reynolds announced that a $15,000 award for young female dramatists would be established in honor of late scribe Wendy Wasserstein.
Meanwhile, at the Theater Wing event at Cipriani, Martin Short cracked jokes while introducing the evening’s honorees, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.
“I think it’s safe to say these men are geniuses,” he said. “Not particularly true, but safe.”
Later, Sarah Jessica Parker serenaded hubby Broderick, and Terrence McNally likened the Broderick-Lane duo to the Barrymores and the Lunts.
“The theater is richer because of them,” LuPone said. “And God knows, they’re richer because of the theater.”