Matchmaker, Matchmaker

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"Matchmaker, Matchmaker" is a song from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.


BlueGobo explains "The sisters (including Bette Midler) s[a]ng "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" on the 1968 Tonys as part of a tribute to past Best Musical winners that were still running at the time."[1]


Tevye and Golde's daughters sing about a matchmaker choosing a partner for them. They are satirising the issue, and mock Yente.[2]


Sermons From Seattle explains "The story [of Fiddler] is that the matchmaker is to meet with the mother and father and match their three daughters to prospective husbands. But the girls want to choose their own partners and not use the matchmaker. Traditions are changing. Those old traditions are beginning to crumble".[3] This song epitomises the more traditional views regarding this issue that the daughters question at the very beginning. As time passes, they begin to think for themselves and change the tradition.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic said the song was one of the "famous and now-standard songs" from the film.[4] The Washington Times said it was the "big number" for "Tevye's forward-thinking daughters".[5] The Washington Post describes the song as "eager".[5] Broadwayworld wrote it is a " good comic scene ".[6] ChronicleLive wrote "Matchmaker, Matchmaker, sung by the three rebellious older daughters, is just one of the fabulous musical numbers in this show".[7] Star Tribune describes it as "wistful".[8] MostMetro said the song was "fun, graceful [and] typifies their close-knit sisterhood".[9]


  1. ^ "Fiddler on the Roof (Original Broadway Production, 1964)". 1964-09-22. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  2. ^ "In the Eye of the Beholder: Fiddler on the Roof". 1964-07-27. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  3. ^ "Series B". Sermons From Seattle. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  4. ^ William Ruhlmann (1964-09-22). "Fiddler on the Roof [Original Broadway Cast Recording] - Original Broadway Cast | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  5. ^ a b John Vreeke - Director (2007-11-28). "Fiddler On The Roof". Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  6. ^ Patrick Brassell. "BWW Reviews: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Is a Long But Moving Evening at Portland Center Stage". Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  7. ^ LesleyOldfield (2013-09-25). "Review: Fiddler on the Roof at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle - Lesley Oldfield". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  8. ^ "Epic 'Fiddler' remains a warm and human story at Chanhassen". Star Tribune. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  9. ^ "'Fiddler on the Roof' Review – Human Race Theatre Company – Tradition in Transition ** Ticket Contest** | Dayton Most Metro". 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2014-07-04.