Attorney and producer
Walter Gidaly, attorney and producer for legiters and TV, died Feb. 17 of a heart attack in New York City. He was 75.
He studied at Brooklyn Law School and became a partner in the firm of Moldover, Hertz, & Gidaly. He represented many Off and Off-Off Broadway legits and nonprofit theatrical companies throughout his career such as the Merry Enterprises, Charles Ludlam’s Theater of the Ridiculous, Westbeth Theater Center, AMAS Musical Theatre and Cap 21. Early on he associate produced Off-Broadway “Your Own Thing” 1967 hit musical.
He was the attorney for the Drama Desk Awards Television Show, stage director Sue Lawless, and stage musical “Shades of Harlem” as well as the literary executor of the Charles Ludlam estate.
Beyond his professional career, Gidady was a longtime member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences acting as treasurer and executive committee member. He served on a number of NATAS’ committees, particularly Scholarship and the Finance and Legal committee, New York chapter.
Since 1985, he was a member of the Players Club, acting as the treasurer for the previous nine years.
He was an avid fan of the Met Opera.
Gidaly is survived by wife Barbara Miller Gidaly, six-time Emmy-winning music director of daytime drama; three nephews; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
There will be a memorial tribute for Walter Gidaly on evening of April 8 at the Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South.