PLAYBILL EXCLUSIVE: Who's Who? Edwin Drood Troupers Share Bios of Their Alter-Ego Show Folk

By Playbill Staff
20 Dec 2012

Andy Karl as Victor Grinstead
Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Victor Grinstead (Andy Karl)
Pronounced Grin-stehd like "bread" or "red." A name derived from the old Grimesteed family, pronounce like "mead" or "speed," whose noble involvement in the Battle of Hastings acquired them land throughout England. The Grimsteed coat of arms pictures a helmet with ostrich feathers atop a shield displaying a bright green bush and a pair of pruning scissors, which illustrates the family trade of "excellent landscaping."

All of that information would be incredibly interesting if it weren't for the fact of it being so unbelievably dull but must be in print with this bio for traditional family ritual.

Now to the good stuff.

Victor comes to the Music Hall Royale after his long run with the Cambridge Boys Touring Company, where nightly he would make the ladies swoon with a sultry rendition of the popular song "3 Fingers for Irene," a shocking yet catchy number that put him on the map and in high demand for any performance venue. When the great Chairman, William Cartwright, pleaded with Victor to come to the MHR (Music Hall Royale) he leaped at the chance to perform there because of its history and regard… and not for the salary that he's been accustomed to.

Born in Birmingham, Victor grew up with a silver spoon and an adoring wealthy family (another reason salary is not all that important) where as a child he learned the skills of fencing and equestrian dressage. Victor began his career in the "theatre" by chance. As a young man he fell in love with a beautiful singer, named Irene, who seduced him to his first visit to a music hall. Captivated by lust and a fascination with the stage, Victor set aside his upper-crust lifestyle to perform alongside her. In an ironic turn of events, the beautiful singer left Victor for a three-fingered German cellist.

Alas, he was none the worse for wear, for the "Victor always has the complete upper hand." He's quite handsome, quite popular, quite rich, and now…quite available.

Other credits include Johnny Jay in Pickle! Pickle! Where's the Pickle?, The Lover in The Lover and Johnny Jay's Ghost in the sequel There's The Pickle!