The curtain has come down on New Zealand's most-extravagant musical - which cost $8m to launch but had a horror run playing for months to near-empty houses - and its mysterious promoter is overseas and not responding to creditor inquiries.

City of 100 Lovers opened at SkyCity's theatre in Auckland in October, and billed itself as a Broadway or Vegas-style resident show targeting tourists visiting New Zealand.

But the show received savage reviews and raised eyebrows among the local theatre community because of its lack of promotion and bloated budget paired with small houses.

Several sources in the theatre community

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