SOURCE: The Venetian

The Venetian, Las Vegas, Hotel, Casino

January 11, 2011 21:38 ET

Rita Rudner Welcomed to Her New Home at The Venetian in Fabulous Style

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 11, 2011) - Rita Rudner was welcomed to her new home as the newest headliner at The Venetian in grandiose style today, complete with a red carpet arrival covered with pink rose petals.

Wearing a red Valentino dress and pink and purple fur coat, Rita emerged from her limo to a delightful scene of singing gondoliers, Streetmosphere performers and cheering onlookers. Rita jumped on the bell cart with her bags in tow and was wheeled onto the red carpet and into the lobby for more surprises.

A butler waited with a glass of champagne while James Beard Award Winning Chef Luciano Pelligrini from Valentino and Executive Chefs Mark Hopper from Bouchon and Juan Pentes and Daniel Marquez from Taqueria Cañonita had delicious bites for her to taste, including pink cookies to which Rita exclaimed, "Pink is my favorite color!" A spa attendant from Canyon Ranch SpaClub was on hand to provide a hot towel for Rita to freshen up with.

"Jersey Boys" cast members Peter Saide ("Bob Gaudio") and Jeff Leibow ("Nick Massi"), as well as Kristi Holden ("Christine Daae") from "Phantom -- The Las Vegas Spectacular," greeted Rita to welcome her into the family of world-class entertainment The Venetian offers.

Rita hammed it up for the cameras, tucking a napkin into her couture dress so she could enjoy the food and even waded into the fountain in the lobby.

"I'm so happy to be here at The Venetian. I have beautiful smelling roses, I have pink cookies, I have champagne, and it's not even 10 a.m. yet," Rita said. "What a great start to my day and a fabulous welcome to The Venetian!" 

Rita begins her residency in the 742-seat Venetian Showroom on Saturday, Jan. 15. Show times are at 8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Ticket prices start at $53.90 for General Admission, $75.90 for Premiere Seating and $108.90 for VIP Seating inclusive of tax and handling fees. To purchase tickets visit, call 702.414.9000, or visit any Venetian or Palazzo Box Office.

The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, the largest property in the country to receive AAA's Five Diamond and the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world's most luxurious LEED®-EB Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified resort and convention destinations. Re-creating Venice's legendary landmarks, the resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas' most lavish suite accommodations. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features The Grand Canal Shoppes, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, and a wide variety of entertainment such as "Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular," "Blue Man Group," and Joan Rivers on its premises, as well as extensive convention and corporate services. For additional information, visit, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at

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