Carole King musical Beautiful has officially become a Broadway hit after recouping its $13 million (Gbp7.6 million) initial investment in 10 months.

The production hit the stage for previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre at the end of 2013 and has become one of New York's biggest shows, receiving rave reviews from King herself, who surprised the cast with a visit during an encore earlier this year (14).

Directed by Marc Bruni, the show features hits penned by King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Jessie Mueller, who portrays King onstage, has had an outstanding year, picking up a Tony Award for Lead Actress in a Musical.

The hit show is scheduled to open at the West End's Aldwych Theatre in February (15).