Forty shows. 50 shades. Virginia West's "50 Shades of West" drag show will be the 40th such extravaganza West has produced at Axis. West produces two main stage shows a year at the Short North nightclub, plus two additional shows with Nina West.

Forty shows. 50 shades.

Virginia West's "50 Shades of West" drag show will be the 40th such extravaganza West has produced at Axis. West produces two main stage shows a year at the Short North nightclub, plus two additional shows with Nina West.

"My daughter and partner in crime, Nina, plays a huge part in how I put my shows together," Virginia West said. "She's my right hand lady on and off stage and keeps me organized and focused."

West shows, uproarious fun for both audiences and performers, are the result of a lot of hard work. Virginia West said rehearsals begin about six weeks prior to a show, twice a week, bumping up to four rehearsals a week as the show nears. Rehearsals typically run about three hours.

"Of course it's fun to be the director and the star of the show, but it comes with a lot of stress," Virginia West said. "I have to make sure every piece is together technically and that each performance has the right flow and content. On top of that, I have to make sure I have all of my performances ready."

Virginia West said the show is "very loosely based" on "Fifty Shades of Grey."

"Basically the only similarity is that the show is about sexual fantasies and fetishes," West said. "We tried to push the boundaries a bit more with this show, so don't be surprised to see some whips and chains and maybe some leather and latex, too.

"We are trying to cater to different fetishes in there, but of course in a funny, over-the-top, drag queen kind of way."

"50 Shades" features upwards of 20 performers, including both Queens (Krystal Something Something, Freesia Balls and Candi Panties among them) and Kings (Jamz Dean and Chuck Sparrow), and the six-member West Family Dancers.