Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna score The Addams Family

Posted on October 11, 2019 by Dan Goldwasser



This summer, award-winning composers Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna scored the new animated version of The Addams Family. The score to the new MGM animated film features an orchestra recorded at the Eastwood Scoring Stage, musical saws, unique percussion, accordion and the famous Fox Wurlitzer organ housed at Bandrika Studios. ScoringSessions.com is thrilled to share photos from the various sessions with our readers!


The Addams Family composers Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna

Nicholas Dodd conducted the orchestra at the Eastwood Scoring Stage, broken up into strings and woodwinds during the day, then brass in the evening. (We were unable to attend these sessions but were provided some photos by score coordinator Nicholas Skalba to share.)


The view from the control room at the Eastwood Scoring Stage

Preparing to record the strings for The Addams Family

The view from the control room

The Addams Family directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernonin, composers Jeff and Mychael Danna, score coordinator Nicholas Skalba and music editor Erich Stratmann in the scoring stage control room at Warner Bros.

Scoring mixer John Whynot checks the levels

Soloists appearing on the score included organist Aaron Shows, musical saw performer Janeen Heller, accordionist Nick Ariondo and singer Holly Sedillos.


Aaron Shows plays the Fox Wurlitzer organ on The Addams Family

Composers Mychael and Jeff Danna with Janeen Heller and her musical saws

Nick Ariondo perform accordion on The Addams Family

Aaron Shows performs on the Fox Wurlitzer organ for The Addams Family alongside organ consultant Mark Herman

Holly Sedillos performs vocal solos on The Addams Family

Scoring mixer John Whynot, musical saw performer Janeen Heller, and score coordinators Nicholas Skalba and Shirley Song pose with the saws

The organ used on the score is the historic Fox Wurlitzer organ, lovingly restored by composer Nathan Barr and now housed at his Bandrika Studios.


Inside the Bandrika Studios scoring stage where the Fox Wurtlizer organ now lives

The Bandrika Studios and The Addams Family music team

The Addams Family is now playing in theaters nationwide. The score album featuring music by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna is now available from Lakeshore Records.

Additional photography by Nicholas Skalba.