Cabaret Night in Metuchen has charitable cause

METUCHEN — An upcoming Cabaret Night will help feed the hungry while providing an evening of entertainment.

Janus Koons Wojcik will appear at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Ave. (Route 27 north) in Metuchen at 8 p.m. on Oct. 17, with the performance benefiting the Food Pantry at the First Presbyterian Church in Metuchen and the Old Franklin Schoolhouse.

The Food Pantry assists approximately 60 families each month in the Metuchen and Edison area.

Wojcik, who resides in Somerset, has been in the music industry for most of her adult life. Her musical ability traces back three generations on both sides of the family. Her father, Richard Koons, was a prominent trumpet player and teacher.

Featured in print ads for Sports Illustrated and Time Magazine, Wojcik recorded vocals in commercials for Pepsi, RC Cola, Purina Dog Chow, Maaco and more. She also was a successful contestant on TV’s “Star Search.”

In 1994, Wojcik won the Samuel Adams Talent Contest in Point Pleasant. She was a regular singer with the Johnny Martin Orchestra, and in earlier years, she was the featured singer in various bands.

Wojcik’s regional theater experience includes the role of Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” and Sally Bowles in “Cabaret.” One of her most rewarding experiences was a featured singing part on the movie soundtrack for “Stitches.”

The longtime performer studied vocal music with Sharon Alexander of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, and has worked with famous writers and producers, including Tony Camillo, Paul Vance, Tony Bongiovi and Dale Ashby.

Wojcik does music therapy with those with mental and physical challenges, as well as the elderly, in addition to being a caregiver to the elderly.

Tickets are $15 per person and include a complimentary snack and drink ($15.75 for credit card purchases). Tickets may be obtained at Marafiki, 20 New St., Metuchen, or online at

For more information, call Karen Keithler at 732-425-6016 or 732-494-7391.