Silverman (Phantom of the Opera, Cry-Baby) replaces previously announced "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, who had to withdraw from the concert due to a scheduling conflict. Hilty has been seen on Broadway in Wicked and the Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Steven Reineke will conduct the Pops for the special 8 PM evening. Here's how it's billed: "Academy Award-winning songwriter Sammy Cahn helped shape the careers of legends such as Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, and Dean Martin."