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‘Renegades’ brings sports icons to Cleopatra’s Barge

Jose Canseco leads off the first Renegades roster.

Caesars Palace has been mixing it up at Cleopatra’s Barge for a while now, incorporating interesting and sometimes unexpected music programming. But no one saw this production coming: Renegades, a new interactive show allowing fans to get up-close and personal with “sports rebels” like Jose Canseco, Jim McMahon, Terrell Owens and Jimmy King, who will open in the longtime lounge space on January 25.

Comedian Martin Montana serves as the host, and Eric Jordan Young—one of the stars of the Barge’s new Cocktail Cabaret musical—serves as writer and director. The Renegades roster will rotate the starring athletes every few months and will work as a bit of a roundtable as the legends recount stories from their playing days and beyond. The audience will get to ask the panel questions at the end of each show.

With Canseco, a two-time World Series champ and controversial best-selling author, leading off the lineup, the tone is set to make a splash. “You think you know these athletes’ stories, but trust me, you have no idea,” co-producer Rich Lenkov said in a statement. “Renegades will offer the most unique entertainment experience on the Strip, where some of the most infamous names in sports will take you through the highs and lows of their careers in an intimate setting.”

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