In 1932 Bob was on Broadway again in "Ballyhoo."
But Bob's first major recognition, by critics
and the public, came in 1933 for his wise-cracking
role as Huckleberry Haines in the highly
successful Broadway musical, "Roberta."
Bob's personal life changed during "Roberta."
One of his co-performers in the musical,
George Murphy, introduced him to a young
singer, Dolores Reade, then appearing at
the Vogue Club on 57th Street. After a brief
courtship, the couple married in February
1934 and a family with four children: Linda,
Anthony, Nora, and Kelly; and 4 grandchildren.